Adapting to Drought: Beyond the Village
AbstractSo far I have concentrated on describing the agro-pastoral economy of western Rajasthan, emphasising the ways in which it is organised and the way it incorporates risk management. I have also discussed the twin hierarchies of caste and landownership which are an important aspect of the context within which agro-pastoralism operates. In this chapter I will pursue two themes. Firstly I wish to show in greater detail how economic opportunities are opened or closed by position in either of the caste or landownership hierarchies. This partly involves a discussion of labour relations, but moves to an examination of various types of emigration and the ways in which caste and economic status affect the pattern of emigration. The second theme is the role of the state in famine relief and development.