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Rural Development in Deccan Maharashtra, India: Village Panel Study, 1942-1977

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Dandekar, Hemalata C.
  • Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Education. Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Award
Free Keywords
agricultural land; agricultural productivity; agricultural workers; caste; demographic characteristics; economic change; education; family work relationships; farm families; household income; housing; housing construction; income; job history; job mobility; lifestyle; livestock; livestock inventories; marital status; occupations; occupational categories; rural areas; urban areas; urban migration
  • Abstract

    This data collection examines the economic and occupational changes experienced over a 25-year period by families living in Sugao, a village in the state of Maharashtra, India. The residents of this village were surveyed in 1942 and 1958 to uncover aspects of their daily lives and again in 1977 to explore more fully the effects of the economic attraction of Bombay, an industrialized metropolis 150 miles away, on village life. Data were collected at both the individual and family levels. Respondents were queried on such topics as caste, gender, age, marital status, education, residence, primary, secondary, and tertiary occupations, location of occupation, years employed at occupation, income, work habits, and job classification. Families reported on their size and composition, members living outside the village, economic relationships with others, acquisition, size, and construction of housing unit, and home improvements. Information was also gathered on family income sources and, in particular, on the amount of money and goods remitted to the village by family members living and working in Bombay. Agricultural issues explored include family labor provided for farming, amount of irrigated and non-irrigated land, productivity of the land, and the type, number, and location of livestock.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Family Data
    • DS2: Individual-level Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 1942 / 1977
    Time period: 1942--1977
Geographic Coverage
  • India
  • Global
Sampled Universe
All residents of Sugao, a rural village in Western India.
Collection Mode
  • The 1942 and 1958 surveys of the village population were completed by The Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. The 1977 survey was completed by Hemalata C. Dandekar who coded responses from all three surveys.

2006-01-18 File CB9308.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Education. Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Award.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9308 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09308.v1
  • Dandekar, Hemalata C.. Indian women's development: Four lenses. South Asia Bulletin.6, (1), 25-29.1986.
  • Dandekar, Hemalata C.. Men to Bombay, Women at Home: Urban Influence on Sugao Village, Deccan Maharashtra, India, 1942-1982. Ann Arbor: Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan. 1986.
  • Dandekar, Hemalata C.. Modernization of agriculture and the monetization of a village economy in Deccan Maharashtra, India. South Asia Bulletin.3, (2), 15-30.1983.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Dandekar, Hemalata C.; Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (1990): Rural Development in Deccan Maharashtra, India: Village Panel Study, 1942-1977. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.