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Prof. (Dr.) Swagato Sarkar


M.A. (TISS, Mumbai);
M.Phil., D.Phil. (University of Oxford)

  • Biography
  • Publications
  • Research Interests
Prof. (Dr.) Swagato Sarkar is an interdisciplinarian, who draws from political theory, sociology and political economy. He is interested in understanding the state-society relationship in India, politics of land and rural transformation, and theory of power and governance.
Swagato obtained his PhD and MPhil from the University of Oxford, UK, and MA from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Swagato is the founding faculty member and former Associate Dean of Jindal School of Government and Public Policy.

Representative Publications

  • Extractive Capitalism at the Limits of Democracy  (Forthcoming book-length monograph).


Refereed Journal Articles 

  • 2014 “The Unique Identity (UID) Project, Biometrics and Re-imagining Governance in India”, Oxford Development Studies (17 June 2014)         DOI:10.1080/13600818.2014.924493
  • “Contract Farming and the McKinsey’s Plan for Transforming Agriculture into Agribusiness in West Bengal”, (Journal of South Asian Development, December 2014)
  • “Speculation in Land and the Predicament of Capitalist Urbanisation” (forthcoming in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, October 2015, issue 35, vol. 2)
  • 2012. “Between Egalitarianism and Domination: Governing Differences in a Transitional Society”, Third World Quarterly, Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 669-684                        
  • 2011. “The Impossibility of Just Land Acquisition”, Economic and Political Weekly, October 8, Vol xlvi, No. 41, pp.35-38
  • 2008. “Civil Society and Exclusion: Partha Chatterjee on ‘the Politics of the Governed’”, Indian Journal of Human Development, vol. 2. no. 2 (July-December)


Book Chapters 

  • 2013  ‘Between Egalitarianism and Domination: governing differences in a transitional society’ in Ravinder Kaur and Ayo Wahlberg (eds) Identity, Inequity and Inequality in India and China: Governing Difference, Routledge, New York.
  •  ‘The Unique Identity Project and the New ‘Bureaucratic Moment’ in India’ in Ashish Rajadhyaksha (ed) “In the Wake of Aadhaar: The Digital Ecosystem of Governance in India”, CSCS, Bangalore, pp. 76-99
  •  ‘The Public Distribution System’ (with Nandini Chami) in Ashish Rajadhyaksha (ed) “In the Wake of Aadhaar: The Digital Ecosystem of Governance in India”, CSCS, Bangalore. Pp. 340-352
  • 2012 “Political Society in a Capitalist World” in Ajay Gudavarthy (ed) Re-framing Democracy and Agency in India: Interrogating Political Society, Anthem Press, London, pp. 31-48


Other Publications 

Political Anthropology, Continental Political Theory, Political Economy, micro-political, agrarian studies, resource politics.