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Gender, Work and Power in an Andhra Village
Gender, work and power in an Andhra village

This chapter is an attempt to look at the role of self-help groups (SHGs) in the changing developmental context in rural India, and to compare this with the Chinese experience of rural development. Industrialisation in India failed to employ local forces of capital, leading to the local surplus capital being diverted to unproductive, usury-seeking sectors. On the other hand, in order to fulfil local needs of industry, outside capital and labour, and outside female labour in particular, were brought in resulting in the under use of local labour, which, in turn, resulted in a helpless struggle for survival for the majority of the families in the surrounding villages of the ...

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