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Agrarian Changes, Unfreedom and Attached Labour

Agrarian Changes, Unfreedom and Attached Labour Surinder S Jodhka IN his comment on my paper [Jodhka 1994] Brass (1995) has tried to contest my argument by claiming that not only are there no 'counter- tendencies' leading to a decline in the incidence of attached labour or in the elements of unfreedom in labour relations, but, restating his earlier position, that the trend in Haryana agriculture is an opposite one. Using the mechanism of debt. Brass argues, farmers control and discipline agricultural labour. This leads to 'decomposition/recomposi- tion' or deproletarianisation' of labour. Hence fur Brass, indebted labourers, both permanent as well as casual, are like unfree slaves and the incidence of unfreedom is growing with capitalist development in Maryana agriculture.

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