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Raju Das

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Department of Geography

Professor

Office: Ross Building, S411
Phone: (416)736-2100 Ext: 22450
Email: rajudas@yorku.ca

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Raju Das teaches courses on: radical political economy, international development, state-society/economy relations, and social struggles.

He is on the editorial board of Science & Society (Guilford, New York) and is also a member of its Manuscript Review Collective. As well, he is a member of the editorial board of Class, Race and Corporate Power, and a member of the editorial advisory board of Dialectical Anthropology.

He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Critical Social Science Book Series, Brill, Leiden/Boston.

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Degrees

Ph.D. (Geography), The Ohio State University, the USA
M. A. (Urban Studies), University of Akron, the USA
M. A. (Geography), University of Delhi, India
B. A. (Honors) (Geography), Utkal University, India

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Membership In Professional Organizations

Association of American Geographers; International Sociological Association; American Sociological Association

Research Interests

Regional and Industrial Development , Politics and Government, Uneven Capitalist development; Conditions of the Working class; Poverty; Agrarian change; Globalization;, Developmental policies of the state; Identity politics, fascistic politics and class politics (including radical 'social movements'); social capital theory and critique, Marxist political economy; Theory of class; Theory of the state; Space-society relations; The notion of critique; Dialectics, Political economy and politics of India

Current Research Projects

Neoliberal industrialization, the rural periphery, and uneven development in India

    Summary:

    Geographically uneven development (GUD) is an enduring problem worldwide. Its urgency is more apparent in the context of the recent phase of industrialization occurring in the South since the onset of the neoliberal form of capitalism. This industrialization, which takes different forms, including transplantation of large-scale industry into rural areas, creating newly industrialized cities, is occurring in many parts of India, in which state’s earlier role in promoting equality between areas (and groups/classes) is relatively diminished since 1991. This new context raises a specific question: how does this pattern of industrialization cause uneven development between newly created urban areas and rural areas, and within the rural periphery? This multi-year project involves much theoretical work, which will guide the empirical component of the project. It will produce a thoroughgoing, rigorous critique of some of the existing views on uneven development and will seek to produce an alternative framework to understand it. The much-neglected perspective of uneven and combined development will shape the thinking about GUD. The project will theorize uneven development in terms of a) the interplay between the ruralisation of capital and what is known as the urbanization of capital, and the attendant issue of the uneven transition to real subsumption of labour, influenced by class struggle, and b) the relation of this interplay to the political power of different social classes as well as neoliberal state policies at sub-national scales. Among other things, the project will theorize, and shed empirical light on, some of the larger issues surrounding uneven development both as an explanan and as an explanandum: the theoretical and empirical link between capitalist industrialization and the place-specific successes/failures of capital and the state to acquire land and use it; geographical character of class relations, including the dialectics of ruralization and urbanization of capital, and of various forms of subsumption of labour under capital; and long-term objective and subjective obstacles to class-politics, including the processes shaping class-based mobilization across the rural-urban divide against capitalism and its state. In short: uneven development will be deployed as a window through which to look at the dynamics of capitalist class relation, in terms of its economic and political dimension, and of anti-capitalist politics.

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    Role: Principal investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Apr   Year: 2016

    End Date:
      Month: Mar   Year: 2022

    Collaborator: Professors Deepak Mishra, Mohanakumar S., and R. B. Singh, all from India
Books

Publication
Year

Das, R. J. 2020. Critical Reflections on Economy and Politics in India: A Class Theory Perspective. Brill: Leiden. https://brill.com/view/title/55521

2020

Das, R. J. 2020. The Political Economy of New India: Critical Essays. Delhi: Aakar.

2020

Das, R. J. 2017. Marxist Class Theory for a Skeptical World, Brill: Leiden. http://www.brill.com/products/book/marxist-class-theory-skeptical-world (The paperback edition is published by Haymarket, Chicago in 2018]

2017

Das, R. J. 2014. A Contribution to the Critique of Contemporary Capitalism: Theoretical and International Perspectives, New York: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-63117-559-6 https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=48763&osCsid=61b26d9969e8e17cd886afdde6b789cc

2014

Das, R. J. Marx, Capital, and Capitalism: A Global Perspective, Taylor and Francis, London (under contract). (It is a book on Marx's Capital volume 1)


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Das, R. J. 2019. ‘Internal Colonialism’, in Audrey Kobayashi, edited. International Encyclopedia of
Human Geography (2nd edition), Elsevier Press, Amsterdam.

2019

Das, R. ‘Geography and Class.’ In Oxford Bibliographies in Geography. Ed. Barney Warf. New York: Oxford University Press.

2019

Bordoloi, S. and Das, R. J. 2017. ‘Modernization Theory’, The International Encyclopedia of Geography, Wiley-Blackwell and the Association of American Geographers.

2017

Das, R. and Bridi, R. 2013. “Globalization.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Geography. Ed. Barney Warf. New York: Oxford University Press.

2013

Das, R. J. 2010. ‘Peasants’, in Barney Warf (ed). Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Sage, Thousand Oaks, California.

2010

Das, R. J. 2010. ‘Radical Peasant Movements and Rural Distress in India: A Study of the Naxalite Movement’ in W. Ahmad, A. Kundu and R. Peet (eds). India’s New Economic Policy, Routledge, New York.

2010

Das R. J. 2009. ‘Capital and Space’. In Kitchin R, Thrift N (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 1, pp. 375-381. Oxford: Elsevier.

2009

Das, R. J. 2006. ‘Marxist theories of the state’, in Steven Pressman ed. Alternative theories of the state, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp.64-90.

2006

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Das, R. 2020. The marginalization of Marxism in Academia. Monthly Review Online.
https://mronline.org/2020/02/06/the-marginalization-of-marxism-in-academia/

2020

Das, R. J. 2019. ‘Indian Election 2019: A Marxist Interpretation’,
International Socialism: A Quarterly review of socialist theory,
No. 164.

2019

Das, R. J. 2019. Politics of Marx as Non-sectarian Revolutionary Class Politics: An Interpretation in the Context of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Class, Race and Corporate Power, vol. 7:1.

2019

Das, R. 2019. Revolutionary theory, academia and Marxist political parties, Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal (published in Australia)

2019

Das, R. J. and Chen, A. 2019. ‘Towards a Theoretical Framework for Understanding Capitalist
Violence Against Child Labour’, World Review of Political Economy, vol. 10:2, 191-219.

2019

Das, R. J. 2018. A Marxist perspective on sustainability: Brief reflections on ecological sustainability and social inequality; http://links.org.au

2018

Das, R. 2018. ‘Anti-materialism, capitalism, and violence against the human body: some preliminary comments’, Monthly Review online, https://mronline.org

2018

Das, R. J. 2018. ‘Fascistic politics in India, the left, and Lenin’s theory of temporary compromise’; Sanhati (an online non-academic journal from India)

2018

The age of unreason or misology: The knowledge-practice relation and its political significance,

Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal

2018

Das, R. J. 2017. ‘David Harvey’s Theory of Uneven Geographical Development: A Marxist Critique’, Capital and Class. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0309816816678584

2017

Das, R. J. 2017. ‘Social Movements and State Repression in India’, Journal of Asian and African Studies http://jas.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/07/14/0021909616653258.abstract

2017

Das, R. J. 2017. 'David Harvey’s Theory of Accumulation by Dispossession: A Marxist Critique', World Review of Political Economy, 8:4.

2017

Das, R. J. 2016. ‘The On-Going Attack on Democracy and Secularism (in India): What is to be Done?’, Bullet; available at: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/1252.php

2016

Das, R. J. 2015. ‘Critical Observations on Neoliberalism and India’s New Economic Policy’, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 45: 4, 715-726

2015

Das, Raju J. 2014. 'Low-Wage Capitalism, Social Difference, and Nature-Dependent Production: A Study of the Conditions of Workers in Shrimp Aquaculture', Human Geography: A New Radical Journal, Vol 7(1):17-34.

2014

Das, R. J. 2013. ‘Capitalism and Regime Change in the (Globalizing) World of Labour’, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 43:4, pp. 709-723

2013

Das, Raju J. 2013. 'Agrarian Crisis as the Crisis of Small Property Ownership in Globalizing Capitalism', MRZINE, https://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/ 2013/das 011013.html

2013

Das, R. 2013. ‘The Relevance of Marxist Academics’, Class, Race and Corporate Power, Vol.1:1, Available at: http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/classracecorporatepower/vol1/iss1/11

2013

Das, R. J. 2012. ‘From labour geography to class geography: Reasserting the Marxist theory of Class, Human Geography: A New Radical Journal, 5(1), 19-35

2012

Das, R. J. 2012. ‘Forms of Subsumption of labour under capital, class struggle and uneven development’, Review of Radical Political Economics, Vol. 44:2, 178-200

2012

Das, R. J. 2012. ‘Developmental Crisis and Dialectics of Protest Politics: Presenting the Absent and Absenting the Present’, Economic and Political Weekly, XLVII (6), 24-26

2012

Das, R. J. 2012. ‘Thinking/writing theoretically’, Radical Notes, http://radicalnotes.com/journal, December

2012

Das, R. J. 2012. ‘Why must social science be critical, and why must doing social science be difficult?’, Radical Notes, http://radicalnotes.com/journal, November.

2012

Das, R. J. 2012. ‘Dirty picture of neoliberalism’, Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal [Australia]

2012

Das, R. J. 2011. ‘The World is Facing a Triple Crisis: What is (not) to be done?’, Sanhati: Fighting Neoliberalism.

2011

Das, R. J. 2010. Capitalism, class struggle and uneven development, Working paper series, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur, India.

2010

Das, R. J. 2009. ‘Class Relations, Material Conditions, and Spaces of Class Struggle in Rural India’, Human Geography: A New Radical Journal, 2:3, 52-74.

2009

Das, R.J. 2009. ‘What’s the Left to do in India?’, Socialist Project Review, April-June, No. 26, 58-60.

2009

Das, R. J. 2007c. ‘Looking, but Not Seeing: State and/as Class in Rural India’, Journal of Peasant Studies, 34: 3-4, pp. 408-440.

Das, R. J. 2007b. ‘Introduction: Peasant, state and class’, Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 34:3-4, pp. 351-370.

Das, R. J. 2007a. Edited. A special issue on Peasant, state and class, in Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 34: 3-4, July/October; pp. 351-666.

Das, R. J. 2006. ‘Putting social capital in its place’, Capital and Class, No. 92, pp.65-92.

2006

Das, R. J. 2005. ‘Rural society, the state and social capital in Eastern India: A critical investigation’, Journal of Peasant Studies, vol. 32:1, pp.48-87.

2005

Das, R. J. 2004. ‘Social capital and poverty of wage labourers: problems with the social capital theory’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 29:1, pp. 27-45.

2004

Das, R. J. 2002. ‘The Green Revolution and Poverty: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination of the Relation Between Technology and Society’, Geoforum, Vol. 33:1, pp. 55-72.

2002

Das, R. J. 2001. ‘Class, Capitalism and Agrarian Transition: A Review and Critique of Some Recent Arguments’, Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol 29:1, pp. 155-174.

2001

Das, R. J. 2001. ‘The Political Economy of India (A Review Article)’, New Political Economy, Vol. 6:1, pp.103-117.

2001

Das, R. J. 2001. ‘The Spatiality of Social Relations: An Indian Case-study’, The Journal of Rural Studies, Vol. 17:3, pp. 347-362.

2001

Das, R. J. 2000. ‘The State-Society Relation: The Case of an Anti-poverty Policy’, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol. 18:6, pp. 631-650.

2000

Das, R. J. 1999. ‘Geographical Unevenness of India’s Green Revolution’, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 29:2, pp.167-186.

1999

Das, R. J. 1999. ‘Politicism and Idealism in State Theory’, Science and Society, Vol. 63:1, pp. 97-104.

1999

Das, R. J. 1999. ‘The Spatiality of Class and State Power: The Case of Indian Land Reforms’, Environment and Planning A, Vol. 31:12, pp. 2103-2126.

1999

Klak, T. and Das, R. J. 1999. ‘The Underdevelopment of the Caribbean and Its Scholarship’, Latin American Research Review, Vol. 34:3, pp. 209-224.

1999

Das, R. J. 1998. ‘The Green Revolution, Agrarian Productivity and Labor’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol. 22:1, pp. 122-135.

1998

Das, R. J. 1998. ‘The Social and Spatial Character of the Indian State’, Political Geography, Vol. 17:7, pp. 787-808.

1998

Das, R. J. 1996. ‘State Theories: A Critical Analysis’, Science and Society, Vol. 60:1, pp.27-57.

1996

Das, R. J. 1995. ‘Poverty and Agrarian Social Structure -- A Case-Study in Rural India’, Dialectical Anthropology, Vol. 20:2, pp. 169-92.

1995

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

April 2017 Presented a paper entitled, ‘The Theory and Politics of David Harvey’s ‘Accumulation by Dispossession’: A Marxist critique’, Association of American Geographers Conference, Boston

2017

May 2016 Delivered an invited public talk entitled ‘Fascism in India’, Social Justice Center (Beit Zatoun), Downtown Toronto

2016

May 2016 Presented a paper entitled ‘Violence Against the Human Body: Brief Comments From a Marxist Standpoint’ at the Theorizing Violence workshop, York University

2016

March 2016 Keynote Lecture entitled ‘History of capitalism, class struggle and Geographical Unevenness’, at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay (March 10th).

2016

May 2016 Presented a paper entitled David Harvey’s Theory of Accumulation by Dispossession: A Marxist Critique’, at the Historical Materialism Conference, York University.

2016

March 2016 Presented ‘How real is capital's geographical threat?: Rearticulating some unfashionable ideas about the state’ , at the Association of American Geographers conference, San Francisco

2016

February 2015 Invited talk entitled: ‘Why do rural protests happen?’ at the session on Protest in Progress: Resistance in the 21st Century, Ninth Annual Peace, Conflict and Justice Conference at the University of Toronto

2015

May 2014 Presented ‘Imperialism, the Reserve Army, and the Subsumption of Labour’, at the Toronto Historical Materialism conference, York University

2014

April 2014 Presented ‘Agrarian Crisis as the Crisis of Small-scale Property-ownership in Globalizing Capitalism’, at the Association of American Geographers conference, Tampa.

2014

2013. Invited panelist on a panel on ‘class struggle and legal scale’, Association of American Geographers conference, Los Angeles, April.

2013

2013. Presented ‘Accumulation and economic class struggle’, Association of American Geographers conference, Los Angeles, April.

2013

2012: Discussant on the Marxist theory of internal relations in a panel at the Internal relations symposium, York University (May 10).

2012

2012: Presented: ‘Marx’s theory of accumulation, wages and economic class struggle’, Historical Materialism conference, York University.

2012

2012: Presented: ‘The state, the poor, and just development’, Association of American Geographers conference, New York, February.

2012

2011. ‘Appearance and content: A study of a political movement in India’, Association of American Geographers’ conference, Seattle, April.

2011

2010. Invited Panelist on ‘Geography of Post Fordism – Theory of Class’ (with Jamie Peck, Richard Peet, Richard A. Walker, Neil Smith, David Featherstone), Association of American Geographers’ conference, Washington D.C. (April)

2010

2010. 'Working long hours for low wages: The Case of Aqua-laborers in Orissa, India’, Association of American Geographers’ conference, Washington D.C. (April)

2010

2009. ‘Marx’s Capital, Capitalism, Class Struggle, and Uneven Development’, Department of Geography, York University, Toronto (September).

2009

2009. ‘The Maoist Problem’, Invited to give a talk at a roundtable organized at the University of Texas, Austin (November).

2009

2008. ‘Social Solidarity and social development’, Invited paper presented to the Conference on Population Studies, Fakir Mohan University, , March.

2008

2007. 'The class character of social capital’, Canadian Association for the study of International Development (CASID), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, June.

2007

2005: ‘Radical Social movements, Development, and the State: Investigating India’s Naxalite Movement’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Denver.

2005

2005. ‘Towards a historical-geographical materialist framework for the understanding of The post-colonial Indian state’, a keynote address to the National Association of Geographers of India (NAGI), at the NAGI Annual conference, Bangalore, India, December.

2005

2004: ‘State-society synergy’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.

2004

2002: Chief Guest at the Post Graduate Department of Sociology, Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, Orissa, India, Silver Jubilee Celebration; Gave a talk on ‘Critical knowledge and intellectuals’, March 9.

2002

2002: ‘Social capital of the working class’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, New Orleans.

2002

2001: Invited panelist on ‘India in the global economy’, Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, New York.

2001

2001: ‘The social capital theory of global development: A critique and reconstruction’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, New York.

2001

2000: ‘The state and poverty’, the 16th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Edinburgh, September.

2000

2000: ‘The state and poverty alleviation’, an invited lecture delivered at the Department of Economics, University of Dundee, November, 2000.

2000

1998: ‘The state and rural change’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Boston.

1998

1997: ‘The political economy of the Indian state: Does India’s Integrated Rural Development program work?’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Ft. Worth, 1997.

1997

1996: ‘The green revolution, socio-spatial development, and the state’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Charlotte.

1996

1995: ‘The state and uneven development in India’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Chicago.

1995

Other

Publication
Year

Das, R. J. 2018. ‘The Age of Un-reason or Misology: The Knowledge-Practice Relation, and its
Political Significance’, Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal

2018

Das, R. J. and Fasenfest, D. 2018. ‘Marx and the Global South’,
Global Dialogue: Magazine of International Sociological Association; http://globaldialogue.isa-sociology.org/marx-and-the-global-south/

2018

Das, R. 2018. What is class struggle today? http://stateofnatureblog.com/one-question-class-struggle-today/ (invited contribution).

2018

June 2017 Delivered three lectures on Class theory and the State, at Beihang University, as a part of its temporary lecturer program (June 12-16). January 2017 Delivered five lectures on Capital vol 1, as part of a week-long workshop, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (January 16-20) January 2017 Delivered a lecture, ‘Theory of capitalism as a class relation and its Implications for understanding geographically uneven development’, Center for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (January 10) January 2017 Delivered a lecture entitled ‘The state and the poor’, Utkal University, India (January 7) January 2017 Delivered a lecture entitled Why Do Some Regions Develop More than Other Regions?: Theorising Geographically Uneven Development, Ravenshaw University, India (January 5) August 2016 Delivered an invited talk entitled ‘Theorizing Uneven development’, at the Center for Regional Studies, Hyderabad Central University (August 11)



Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2019 AP/GEOG1410 6.0 A Human Geography LECT
Winter 2020 AP/GEOG3710 3.0 M South Asia: Society, Space & Environment LECT



Raju Das teaches courses on: radical political economy, international development, state-society/economy relations, and social struggles.

He is on the editorial board of Science & Society (Guilford, New York) and is also a member of its Manuscript Review Collective. As well, he is a member of the editorial board of Class, Race and Corporate Power, and a member of the editorial advisory board of Dialectical Anthropology.

He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Critical Social Science Book Series, Brill, Leiden/Boston.

Degrees

Ph.D. (Geography), The Ohio State University, the USA
M. A. (Urban Studies), University of Akron, the USA
M. A. (Geography), University of Delhi, India
B. A. (Honors) (Geography), Utkal University, India

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Membership In Professional Organizations

Association of American Geographers; International Sociological Association; American Sociological Association

Research Interests

Regional and Industrial Development , Politics and Government, Uneven Capitalist development; Conditions of the Working class; Poverty; Agrarian change; Globalization;, Developmental policies of the state; Identity politics, fascistic politics and class politics (including radical 'social movements'); social capital theory and critique, Marxist political economy; Theory of class; Theory of the state; Space-society relations; The notion of critique; Dialectics, Political economy and politics of India

Current Research Projects

Neoliberal industrialization, the rural periphery, and uneven development in India

    Summary:

    Geographically uneven development (GUD) is an enduring problem worldwide. Its urgency is more apparent in the context of the recent phase of industrialization occurring in the South since the onset of the neoliberal form of capitalism. This industrialization, which takes different forms, including transplantation of large-scale industry into rural areas, creating newly industrialized cities, is occurring in many parts of India, in which state’s earlier role in promoting equality between areas (and groups/classes) is relatively diminished since 1991. This new context raises a specific question: how does this pattern of industrialization cause uneven development between newly created urban areas and rural areas, and within the rural periphery? This multi-year project involves much theoretical work, which will guide the empirical component of the project. It will produce a thoroughgoing, rigorous critique of some of the existing views on uneven development and will seek to produce an alternative framework to understand it. The much-neglected perspective of uneven and combined development will shape the thinking about GUD. The project will theorize uneven development in terms of a) the interplay between the ruralisation of capital and what is known as the urbanization of capital, and the attendant issue of the uneven transition to real subsumption of labour, influenced by class struggle, and b) the relation of this interplay to the political power of different social classes as well as neoliberal state policies at sub-national scales. Among other things, the project will theorize, and shed empirical light on, some of the larger issues surrounding uneven development both as an explanan and as an explanandum: the theoretical and empirical link between capitalist industrialization and the place-specific successes/failures of capital and the state to acquire land and use it; geographical character of class relations, including the dialectics of ruralization and urbanization of capital, and of various forms of subsumption of labour under capital; and long-term objective and subjective obstacles to class-politics, including the processes shaping class-based mobilization across the rural-urban divide against capitalism and its state. In short: uneven development will be deployed as a window through which to look at the dynamics of capitalist class relation, in terms of its economic and political dimension, and of anti-capitalist politics.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principal investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Apr   Year: 2016

    End Date:
      Month: Mar   Year: 2022

    Collaborator: Professors Deepak Mishra, Mohanakumar S., and R. B. Singh, all from India

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Das, R. J. 2019. ‘Internal Colonialism’, in Audrey Kobayashi, edited. International Encyclopedia of
Human Geography (2nd edition), Elsevier Press, Amsterdam.

2019

Das, R. ‘Geography and Class.’ In Oxford Bibliographies in Geography. Ed. Barney Warf. New York: Oxford University Press.

2019

Bordoloi, S. and Das, R. J. 2017. ‘Modernization Theory’, The International Encyclopedia of Geography, Wiley-Blackwell and the Association of American Geographers.

2017

Das, R. and Bridi, R. 2013. “Globalization.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Geography. Ed. Barney Warf. New York: Oxford University Press.

2013

Das, R. J. 2010. ‘Peasants’, in Barney Warf (ed). Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Sage, Thousand Oaks, California.

2010

Das, R. J. 2010. ‘Radical Peasant Movements and Rural Distress in India: A Study of the Naxalite Movement’ in W. Ahmad, A. Kundu and R. Peet (eds). India’s New Economic Policy, Routledge, New York.

2010

Das R. J. 2009. ‘Capital and Space’. In Kitchin R, Thrift N (eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 1, pp. 375-381. Oxford: Elsevier.

2009

Das, R. J. 2006. ‘Marxist theories of the state’, in Steven Pressman ed. Alternative theories of the state, Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp.64-90.

2006

Books

Publication
Year

Das, R. J. 2020. Critical Reflections on Economy and Politics in India: A Class Theory Perspective. Brill: Leiden. https://brill.com/view/title/55521

2020

Das, R. J. 2020. The Political Economy of New India: Critical Essays. Delhi: Aakar.

2020

Das, R. J. 2017. Marxist Class Theory for a Skeptical World, Brill: Leiden. http://www.brill.com/products/book/marxist-class-theory-skeptical-world (The paperback edition is published by Haymarket, Chicago in 2018]

2017

Das, R. J. 2014. A Contribution to the Critique of Contemporary Capitalism: Theoretical and International Perspectives, New York: Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-63117-559-6 https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=48763&osCsid=61b26d9969e8e17cd886afdde6b789cc

2014

Das, R. J. Marx, Capital, and Capitalism: A Global Perspective, Taylor and Francis, London (under contract). (It is a book on Marx's Capital volume 1)


Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Das, R. 2020. The marginalization of Marxism in Academia. Monthly Review Online.
https://mronline.org/2020/02/06/the-marginalization-of-marxism-in-academia/

2020

Das, R. J. 2019. ‘Indian Election 2019: A Marxist Interpretation’,
International Socialism: A Quarterly review of socialist theory,
No. 164.

2019

Das, R. J. 2019. Politics of Marx as Non-sectarian Revolutionary Class Politics: An Interpretation in the Context of the 20th and 21st Centuries, Class, Race and Corporate Power, vol. 7:1.

2019

Das, R. 2019. Revolutionary theory, academia and Marxist political parties, Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal (published in Australia)

2019

Das, R. J. and Chen, A. 2019. ‘Towards a Theoretical Framework for Understanding Capitalist
Violence Against Child Labour’, World Review of Political Economy, vol. 10:2, 191-219.

2019

Das, R. J. 2018. A Marxist perspective on sustainability: Brief reflections on ecological sustainability and social inequality; http://links.org.au

2018

Das, R. 2018. ‘Anti-materialism, capitalism, and violence against the human body: some preliminary comments’, Monthly Review online, https://mronline.org

2018

Das, R. J. 2018. ‘Fascistic politics in India, the left, and Lenin’s theory of temporary compromise’; Sanhati (an online non-academic journal from India)

2018

The age of unreason or misology: The knowledge-practice relation and its political significance,

Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal

2018

Das, R. J. 2017. ‘David Harvey’s Theory of Uneven Geographical Development: A Marxist Critique’, Capital and Class. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0309816816678584

2017

Das, R. J. 2017. ‘Social Movements and State Repression in India’, Journal of Asian and African Studies http://jas.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/07/14/0021909616653258.abstract

2017

Das, R. J. 2017. 'David Harvey’s Theory of Accumulation by Dispossession: A Marxist Critique', World Review of Political Economy, 8:4.

2017

Das, R. J. 2016. ‘The On-Going Attack on Democracy and Secularism (in India): What is to be Done?’, Bullet; available at: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/1252.php

2016

Das, R. J. 2015. ‘Critical Observations on Neoliberalism and India’s New Economic Policy’, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 45: 4, 715-726

2015

Das, Raju J. 2014. 'Low-Wage Capitalism, Social Difference, and Nature-Dependent Production: A Study of the Conditions of Workers in Shrimp Aquaculture', Human Geography: A New Radical Journal, Vol 7(1):17-34.

2014

Das, R. J. 2013. ‘Capitalism and Regime Change in the (Globalizing) World of Labour’, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 43:4, pp. 709-723

2013

Das, Raju J. 2013. 'Agrarian Crisis as the Crisis of Small Property Ownership in Globalizing Capitalism', MRZINE, https://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/ 2013/das 011013.html

2013

Das, R. 2013. ‘The Relevance of Marxist Academics’, Class, Race and Corporate Power, Vol.1:1, Available at: http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/classracecorporatepower/vol1/iss1/11

2013

Das, R. J. 2012. ‘From labour geography to class geography: Reasserting the Marxist theory of Class, Human Geography: A New Radical Journal, 5(1), 19-35

2012

Das, R. J. 2012. ‘Forms of Subsumption of labour under capital, class struggle and uneven development’, Review of Radical Political Economics, Vol. 44:2, 178-200

2012

Das, R. J. 2012. ‘Developmental Crisis and Dialectics of Protest Politics: Presenting the Absent and Absenting the Present’, Economic and Political Weekly, XLVII (6), 24-26

2012

Das, R. J. 2012. ‘Thinking/writing theoretically’, Radical Notes, http://radicalnotes.com/journal, December

2012

Das, R. J. 2012. ‘Why must social science be critical, and why must doing social science be difficult?’, Radical Notes, http://radicalnotes.com/journal, November.

2012

Das, R. J. 2012. ‘Dirty picture of neoliberalism’, Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal [Australia]

2012

Das, R. J. 2011. ‘The World is Facing a Triple Crisis: What is (not) to be done?’, Sanhati: Fighting Neoliberalism.

2011

Das, R. J. 2010. Capitalism, class struggle and uneven development, Working paper series, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur, India.

2010

Das, R. J. 2009. ‘Class Relations, Material Conditions, and Spaces of Class Struggle in Rural India’, Human Geography: A New Radical Journal, 2:3, 52-74.

2009

Das, R.J. 2009. ‘What’s the Left to do in India?’, Socialist Project Review, April-June, No. 26, 58-60.

2009

Das, R. J. 2007c. ‘Looking, but Not Seeing: State and/as Class in Rural India’, Journal of Peasant Studies, 34: 3-4, pp. 408-440.

Das, R. J. 2007b. ‘Introduction: Peasant, state and class’, Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 34:3-4, pp. 351-370.

Das, R. J. 2007a. Edited. A special issue on Peasant, state and class, in Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 34: 3-4, July/October; pp. 351-666.

Das, R. J. 2006. ‘Putting social capital in its place’, Capital and Class, No. 92, pp.65-92.

2006

Das, R. J. 2005. ‘Rural society, the state and social capital in Eastern India: A critical investigation’, Journal of Peasant Studies, vol. 32:1, pp.48-87.

2005

Das, R. J. 2004. ‘Social capital and poverty of wage labourers: problems with the social capital theory’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, vol. 29:1, pp. 27-45.

2004

Das, R. J. 2002. ‘The Green Revolution and Poverty: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination of the Relation Between Technology and Society’, Geoforum, Vol. 33:1, pp. 55-72.

2002

Das, R. J. 2001. ‘Class, Capitalism and Agrarian Transition: A Review and Critique of Some Recent Arguments’, Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol 29:1, pp. 155-174.

2001

Das, R. J. 2001. ‘The Political Economy of India (A Review Article)’, New Political Economy, Vol. 6:1, pp.103-117.

2001

Das, R. J. 2001. ‘The Spatiality of Social Relations: An Indian Case-study’, The Journal of Rural Studies, Vol. 17:3, pp. 347-362.

2001

Das, R. J. 2000. ‘The State-Society Relation: The Case of an Anti-poverty Policy’, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol. 18:6, pp. 631-650.

2000

Das, R. J. 1999. ‘Geographical Unevenness of India’s Green Revolution’, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Vol. 29:2, pp.167-186.

1999

Das, R. J. 1999. ‘Politicism and Idealism in State Theory’, Science and Society, Vol. 63:1, pp. 97-104.

1999

Das, R. J. 1999. ‘The Spatiality of Class and State Power: The Case of Indian Land Reforms’, Environment and Planning A, Vol. 31:12, pp. 2103-2126.

1999

Klak, T. and Das, R. J. 1999. ‘The Underdevelopment of the Caribbean and Its Scholarship’, Latin American Research Review, Vol. 34:3, pp. 209-224.

1999

Das, R. J. 1998. ‘The Green Revolution, Agrarian Productivity and Labor’, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Vol. 22:1, pp. 122-135.

1998

Das, R. J. 1998. ‘The Social and Spatial Character of the Indian State’, Political Geography, Vol. 17:7, pp. 787-808.

1998

Das, R. J. 1996. ‘State Theories: A Critical Analysis’, Science and Society, Vol. 60:1, pp.27-57.

1996

Das, R. J. 1995. ‘Poverty and Agrarian Social Structure -- A Case-Study in Rural India’, Dialectical Anthropology, Vol. 20:2, pp. 169-92.

1995

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

April 2017 Presented a paper entitled, ‘The Theory and Politics of David Harvey’s ‘Accumulation by Dispossession’: A Marxist critique’, Association of American Geographers Conference, Boston

2017

May 2016 Delivered an invited public talk entitled ‘Fascism in India’, Social Justice Center (Beit Zatoun), Downtown Toronto

2016

May 2016 Presented a paper entitled ‘Violence Against the Human Body: Brief Comments From a Marxist Standpoint’ at the Theorizing Violence workshop, York University

2016

March 2016 Keynote Lecture entitled ‘History of capitalism, class struggle and Geographical Unevenness’, at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay (March 10th).

2016

May 2016 Presented a paper entitled David Harvey’s Theory of Accumulation by Dispossession: A Marxist Critique’, at the Historical Materialism Conference, York University.

2016

March 2016 Presented ‘How real is capital's geographical threat?: Rearticulating some unfashionable ideas about the state’ , at the Association of American Geographers conference, San Francisco

2016

February 2015 Invited talk entitled: ‘Why do rural protests happen?’ at the session on Protest in Progress: Resistance in the 21st Century, Ninth Annual Peace, Conflict and Justice Conference at the University of Toronto

2015

May 2014 Presented ‘Imperialism, the Reserve Army, and the Subsumption of Labour’, at the Toronto Historical Materialism conference, York University

2014

April 2014 Presented ‘Agrarian Crisis as the Crisis of Small-scale Property-ownership in Globalizing Capitalism’, at the Association of American Geographers conference, Tampa.

2014

2013. Invited panelist on a panel on ‘class struggle and legal scale’, Association of American Geographers conference, Los Angeles, April.

2013

2013. Presented ‘Accumulation and economic class struggle’, Association of American Geographers conference, Los Angeles, April.

2013

2012: Discussant on the Marxist theory of internal relations in a panel at the Internal relations symposium, York University (May 10).

2012

2012: Presented: ‘Marx’s theory of accumulation, wages and economic class struggle’, Historical Materialism conference, York University.

2012

2012: Presented: ‘The state, the poor, and just development’, Association of American Geographers conference, New York, February.

2012

2011. ‘Appearance and content: A study of a political movement in India’, Association of American Geographers’ conference, Seattle, April.

2011

2010. Invited Panelist on ‘Geography of Post Fordism – Theory of Class’ (with Jamie Peck, Richard Peet, Richard A. Walker, Neil Smith, David Featherstone), Association of American Geographers’ conference, Washington D.C. (April)

2010

2010. 'Working long hours for low wages: The Case of Aqua-laborers in Orissa, India’, Association of American Geographers’ conference, Washington D.C. (April)

2010

2009. ‘Marx’s Capital, Capitalism, Class Struggle, and Uneven Development’, Department of Geography, York University, Toronto (September).

2009

2009. ‘The Maoist Problem’, Invited to give a talk at a roundtable organized at the University of Texas, Austin (November).

2009

2008. ‘Social Solidarity and social development’, Invited paper presented to the Conference on Population Studies, Fakir Mohan University, , March.

2008

2007. 'The class character of social capital’, Canadian Association for the study of International Development (CASID), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, June.

2007

2005: ‘Radical Social movements, Development, and the State: Investigating India’s Naxalite Movement’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Denver.

2005

2005. ‘Towards a historical-geographical materialist framework for the understanding of The post-colonial Indian state’, a keynote address to the National Association of Geographers of India (NAGI), at the NAGI Annual conference, Bangalore, India, December.

2005

2004: ‘State-society synergy’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Philadelphia.

2004

2002: Chief Guest at the Post Graduate Department of Sociology, Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, Orissa, India, Silver Jubilee Celebration; Gave a talk on ‘Critical knowledge and intellectuals’, March 9.

2002

2002: ‘Social capital of the working class’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, New Orleans.

2002

2001: Invited panelist on ‘India in the global economy’, Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, New York.

2001

2001: ‘The social capital theory of global development: A critique and reconstruction’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, New York.

2001

2000: ‘The state and poverty’, the 16th European Conference on Modern South Asian Studies, Edinburgh, September.

2000

2000: ‘The state and poverty alleviation’, an invited lecture delivered at the Department of Economics, University of Dundee, November, 2000.

2000

1998: ‘The state and rural change’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Boston.

1998

1997: ‘The political economy of the Indian state: Does India’s Integrated Rural Development program work?’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Ft. Worth, 1997.

1997

1996: ‘The green revolution, socio-spatial development, and the state’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Charlotte.

1996

1995: ‘The state and uneven development in India’, the Association of American Geographers’ Annual Meeting, Chicago.

1995

Other

Publication
Year

Das, R. J. 2018. ‘The Age of Un-reason or Misology: The Knowledge-Practice Relation, and its
Political Significance’, Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal

2018

Das, R. J. and Fasenfest, D. 2018. ‘Marx and the Global South’,
Global Dialogue: Magazine of International Sociological Association; http://globaldialogue.isa-sociology.org/marx-and-the-global-south/

2018

Das, R. 2018. What is class struggle today? http://stateofnatureblog.com/one-question-class-struggle-today/ (invited contribution).

2018

June 2017 Delivered three lectures on Class theory and the State, at Beihang University, as a part of its temporary lecturer program (June 12-16). January 2017 Delivered five lectures on Capital vol 1, as part of a week-long workshop, at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (January 16-20) January 2017 Delivered a lecture, ‘Theory of capitalism as a class relation and its Implications for understanding geographically uneven development’, Center for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (January 10) January 2017 Delivered a lecture entitled ‘The state and the poor’, Utkal University, India (January 7) January 2017 Delivered a lecture entitled Why Do Some Regions Develop More than Other Regions?: Theorising Geographically Uneven Development, Ravenshaw University, India (January 5) August 2016 Delivered an invited talk entitled ‘Theorizing Uneven development’, at the Center for Regional Studies, Hyderabad Central University (August 11)



Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2019 AP/GEOG1410 6.0 A Human Geography LECT
Winter 2020 AP/GEOG3710 3.0 M South Asia: Society, Space & Environment LECT