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Type Journal Article - Journal of Agrarian Change
Title Is Peasantry Dead? Neoliberal Reforms, the State and Agrarian Change in Bangladesh
Volume 17
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2017
Page numbers 594-611
URL http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bpl/joac/2017/00000017/00000003/art00009
This paper focuses on three decades of agrarian reform policies and the resulting peculiarity of the
development trajectory in Bangladesh. I interrogate the ways in which the reforms have led to a
paradoxical situation consisting of partial protelarianization in attempting to promote a marketbased
economy. I contend that the particular positioning of the state is central to understanding
this dialectic between proletarianization and the persistence of small peasants amid a huge rush
towards the formation of a capitalist market economy. I conclude that the partial nature of
agrarian transformation that we now experience in Bangladesh may not be resolved in favour
of a complete proletarianization of small peasants in the foreseeable future.

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