American Journal of Rural Development
ISSN (Print): 2333-4762 ISSN (Online): 2333-4770 Website: Editor-in-chief: Chi-Ming Lai
Open Access
Journal Browser
American Journal of Rural Development. 2017, 5(1), 1-4
DOI: 10.12691/ajrd-5-1-1
Open AccessArticle

Identity Crisis in Rural Peasant: A Study of Villages around Aurangabad City of Maharashtra State, India

Dilip R Khairnar1,

1Department of Sociology, Deogiri College, Aurangabad, India

Pub. Date: January 16, 2017

Cite this paper:
Dilip R Khairnar. Identity Crisis in Rural Peasant: A Study of Villages around Aurangabad City of Maharashtra State, India. American Journal of Rural Development. 2017; 5(1):1-4. doi: 10.12691/ajrd-5-1-1


Industrialization is the changing factor for rural and urban region of India. Due to rapid urbanization, economic growth, rural development and globalization, marked structural changes in cities and villages in India are observed. Due to extension of some cities in size, that results in demographic, physical, economic, technological and environmental imbalances. This specific study is an attempt to find out the fundamental changes in the villages around the city. The study has been conducted in Marathwada region of Maharashtra state to analyze economical changes among the villages near the industrialized Aurangabad. This was also extended to the social changes in the rural peasant along with the city environment. We also analyzed the ‘Identity Crisis among villagers in post LPG period.

industrialization crisis villages social economic growth

Creative CommonsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit


[1]  Krugman, Paul, “Competitiveness: A dangerous obsession”, in Foreign Affairs, New York, Vol. 73, Issue 2, Mar/Apr 1994.
[2]  Stern, Nicholas, “Globalization and Poverty”, address at the Institute of Economic and Social research, Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia, December 2000.
[3]  Sen, Amartya, “If It's Fair, It's Good: 10 Truths about Globalization”, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, Saturday-Sunday, July 2001.
[4]  Spar, Debora L. and David B. Yoffe, “A race to the bottom or governance from the top?, in Prakash, Aseem and Jeffrey A. Hart (eds.), Coping with Globalization, Routledge, New York. 2000.
[5]  Erikson E, “Identity and the Life Cycle.” Norton, New York, 1980.
[6]  Castells, M, The rise of network the society. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. 1996.
[7]  Castells, M, The power of identity. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. 1997.
[8]  Clifford, J, Travelling cultures. In L. Grossberg, C. Nelson & P. Treichler (Eds.), Cultural Studies, New York: Routledge. 1992.
[9]  Robertson, R, Glocalization: Time-space and homogeneity-heterogeneity. In M. Featherstone, S. Lash & R. Robertson (Eds.), Global Modernities. (pp. 25-44). London: Sage Publications. 1995.
[10]  Woodward, K, Concepts of identity and difference. In K. Woodward (Ed.), Identity and differences (pp. 8-61). London: Sage Publications. 1997.
[11]  Khairnar, D.R., Bhosale, M.J., Jadhav, M.A. “Lack of Irrigation Facilities, Draught Conditions and Farmers Suicides in Marathwada Region, India”. American Journal of Rural Development 3 (3), 74-78. 2015.
[12]  Khairnar, D.R., Kale, S.T., Kharat, K.R. “Farmers’ suicide in Marathwada, India: Reasons and remedies” International Journal of Current Research 8 (1), 25826-25828. 2016.
[13]  Farrell, A.D. and D .J. Flannery, 2006. Youth violence prevention: Are we there yet?. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 11: 138-150.
[14]  El-Nour, S., 2007. Social participation of rural youth in development in two villages in Dena governorate in Egypt International Conference of Territorial Intelligence, Huelva 2007. Retrieved from
[15]  Maffesoli, M., 1995. The Time of the Tribes: The Decline of Individualism in Mass Society, vol. 41. Sage.
[16]  Hesmondhalgh, D., 2005. Subcultures, scenes or tribes? None of the above. J. Youth Stud. 8 (1), 21-40.
[17]  Shildrick, T., MacDonald, R., 2006. In defence of subculture: young people, leisure and social divisions. J. Youth Stud. 9 (2), 125-140.
[18]  Cova, B., Cova, V., 2002. Tribal marketing: the tribalisation of society and its impact on the conduct of marketing. Eur. J. Mark. 36 (5/6), 595-620.
[19]  Niu, H.-J., Chiang, Y.-S., Tsai, H.-T., 2012. An exploratory study of the otaku adolescent consumer. Psychol. Mark. 29 (10), 712-725.
[20]  Van der Rijt, G.A., Haenens, L.S., van Straten, P., 2002. Smoking and other substance use as distinct features of teenage subcultures. J. Adolesc. Health 31 (5), 433-435.
[21]  Young, R., Sproeber, N., Groschwitz, R.C., Preiss, M., Plener, P.L., 2014. Why alternative teenagers self-harm: exploring the link between non-suicidal self-injury, attempted suicide and adolescent identity. BMC Psychiatry 14 (1), 137.
[22]  Scott, L., Chur-Hansen, A., 2008. The mental health literacy of rural adolescents:Emo subculture and SMS texting. Australas. Psychiatry 16 (5), 359-362.
[23]  Sweeting, H., West, P., Young, R., Der, G., 2010. Can we explain increases in young people’s psychological distress over time? Soc. Sci. Med. 71 (10), 1819-1830.
[24]  Carbonaro, W., 2005. Tracking, students’ effort, and academic achievement. Sociol. Educ. 78 (1), 27-49.
[25]  Sobhanijou H.A., 2004 Identity and identity crisis peivand. 301: 38-49.