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Indian Villages between Tradition and Transformation

An Empirical Investigation into the Effects of Innovation on Socio-Economic, Agricultural and Socio-Cultural Change in Two South Indian Villages

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Anton Kohler-Leu

Technological and agricultural innovations in traditional societies cause significant socio-economic and socio-cultural changes which this study examins. It is based on an empirical investigation and careful field-research in Maharashtra. Two villages are compared as to their differences in socio-economic, agricultural and socio-cultural development. The first, traditional village is on the threshold of change from rainfed subsistance to irrigated agriculture whereas the other has had intensive irrigation for several years already.