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Shantanu Nevrekar

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Shantanu Nevrekar

Third Year Cohort
Research Interests: 
Community; Identity; Caste; Markets; Capitalism; Politics; State; Credit/Debt; Finance; Ethics; Colonial and Postcolonial Modernities; Small Towns; South Asia


My research is broadly concerned with how ideas, emotions, and practices of community shape ordinary economic and political life. I focus on cooperative banks in Ahmednagar, a small-town in the state of Maharashtra in India. These banks are parts of larger complexes of cooperative institutions tied to castecommunity networks, political parties, and state bureaucracies. While cooperatives have been central to global imaginations of alternatives to the market, a large section of these in rural and urban Maharashtra have emerged through organized efforts by caste-communities and the state to promote markets and enterprise. Studying urban and rural cooperative banks as they compete and coexist in a small town, I seek to understand how they constitute and utilize community relations and identities, and the kinds of market action they enable for their members – depositors and debtors. Further, I explore how cooperative banks compete in growing financial markets and navigate increasing pressures to tackle corruption and pursue reform, demands that emerge after an alarming rise in loan defaults and bank failures over the past decade. Amid ongoing economic and political transformations in postliberalization India, I ask what, if anything, do cooperative banks still enable and signify for caste-communities, political parties, and the state.

Before coming to Stanford, I completed an M.A. in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and an M. Phil. in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. At Stanford, I am currently a co-coordinator for the Stanford South Asia Working Group. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information about this group.