Collective action, distributive justice and development – Lessons from producer collectives in rural India
Studies aimed at contributing to the theoretical debate on justice and equality often choose social struggles as their unit of analysis. There are many ways of conceptualizing justice and equality, and framing such studies. A point of interest is also the ways in which the struggles being studied involve conflicts over diverse contextualised meanings of justice. Mathew Abraham will provide an introduction to the seminar discussion, with reference to his ongoing study of collective action in South India.
Mathew Abraham is a PhD fellow at the Asia Research Centre, Department of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. The title of his PhD is “New Cooperativism: A study of emerging producer organisations in India”. This study tries to understand how collective actions among small and marginal agricultural producers are structured and sustained to enable them to better access markets and other institutions such as credit and R&D to improve production. An understanding of this is crucial to guide policy and markets to become inclusive and bring about more broad based development in the rural economy.
Prior to his PhD, Mathew graduated with a Masters in Asian Studies from Lund University in 2007. Following this he worked at the Centre for Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India for three years. As a researcher, his main area of expertise was food security, development theory, rural institutions, agribusiness and corporate social responsibility.