ISBN : 9780199486809
This book chronicles how the concept of organizing people to serve economic ends emerged in early modern and colonial India. It examines rules of cooperation, why people decided to join forces, how disputes were settled, and how cooperative communities became increasingly unstable in more modern times. It focuses on five dimensions: actor, agent, time, purpose, and region.
List of Figures Preface Introduction: Indian Society and the Economic History of India 1. Context: Economic history and 'culture' 2. States: A political theory of the community 3. Merchants: Guild as corporation 4. Artisans: Guild for training 5. Workers: Collective bargaining 6. Peasants: Property and market Epilogue Bibliography Index