Department of Development Studies

Professor Jairus Banaji

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Department of Development Studies Professorial Research Associate Research Cluster Member
BA DipSocAnth, B.Litt DPhil (Oxon)
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Jairus Banaji’s main research interests have included: agrarian history; Late Antiquity and early Islam; historical materialism; Marx’s method in Capital; the fate of the peasantry under capitalism; and, unions and industrial relations in India. Cambridge University Press has just published a collection of his historical work under the title Exploring the Economy of Late Antiquity: Selected Essays. He also recently finished the first full-length English translation of Henry Grossman’s classic text on Marx’s crisis theory, The Law of Accumulation and Breakdown of the Capitalist System, scheduled for publication as part of a larger collection of Grossman’s writings, and is currently working on a book called A Brief History of Commercial Capitalism.


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