Georges Calixte Marie (Kristoffel) Lieten

1946 –
social and political history, rural development, multinationals, child labour
India (Kerala, West Bengal)

Curriculum vitae

1946born in Meldert (Belgium) on Februari 19
1969MA applied linguistics, Antwerpen University, Belgium
MA political studies – University at Reading, U.K
MA philosophy – University New Delhi, India
1984PhD in social sciences under the supervision of G. Huizer, Nijmegen University
2002-2007‘bijzonder’ professor child labour, University of Amsterdam
2007-presentemeritus professor

Special activities and positions

  • Member of the International Institute for Social History (IISG-KNAW, Amsterdam)
  • Academic secretary van de Stichting International Research on Working Children
  • Co-editor of the Indian Journal of Human Development, 2008-2011
  • Co-editor of the Indian Journal of Labour Economics, 2008-2011
  • Co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary Asia, 2008-2011
  • Director, Institute for Research on Working Children, 2011-present
  • Executive Board Member, International Childhood and Youth Research Network, 2011-present


Selected publications

Publications on social issues in general and with reference to countries other than India/South Asia are not included.
1975  “The economic structure of Kerala in the mid-fifties.” Journal of Kerala studies 2: 449-478.
“China and the undivided Communist Party of India.” Social Scientist 3,12: 3-28.
“Communism and communalism in Kerala (review article).” EPW 10,3: 71-74.
“When communism came to India.” South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 5: 90-100.
1977  “Education, ideology and politics in Kerala 1957-59.” Social Scientist 6,2: 3-20.
1978  India: balans na een jaar Janata, Utrecht: Landelijke India werkgroep.
“The scope for people’s democracy in Indian states: the case of Kerala.” Journal of Contemporary Asia 8,4: 513-530.
1980  The first communist ministry in Kerala, India, 1957-1959, Amsterdam (University of Amsterdam, Centre for the Study of Anthropology and Sociology, Department of South- and Southeast Asian Studies 28). – Indian ed. Calcutta 1982.
1981  & Jan Pluijms (red.), India, wie betaalt de rekening?: industrialisering sinds de onafhankelijkheid, Utrecht: Landelijke India Werkgroep.
1982  The first communist ministry in Kerala, India, 1957-9, Calcutta.
Complier of: A close look at multinational corporations in India: papers presented at the New Delhi symposium of multinational corporations on 11-14 August 1982 under the auspices of the Indo-Dutch project on multinational corporations, [s.l.].
1983  [Ed. and project co-ordinator of:] The role of Dutch multinational corporations in India; [co-authors: Ajay Kumar Rath et al.], Nijmegen: Derde Wereld Centrum.
The Dutch multinational corporations in India: position paper: Indu Emencee [= INdo-DUtch Multinational Corporation], report written in association with B. Rajender et al. [s.l.] (The role of Dutch multinational corporations in India 3).
1984  Colonialism, class and nation: the confrontation in Bombay around 1930, Calcutta. – Also published as PhD thesis Nijmegen University 1984; revision in 1996.
1985  & B. Rajender, “The sovereign power of Philips in India.” Social Scientist 13,3: 49-64.
1986  Et al., Gebonden arbeid, Utrecht: Landelijke India Werkgroep (India nieuwsbrief 44).
Et al. (red.), Medicijnen, Utrecht: Landelijke India Werkgroep (India nieuwsbrief 45).
Et al. (red.), 1 1/2 jaar Rajiv, Utrecht: Landelijke India Werkgroep (India nieuwsbrief 42).
Et al. (red.), Vrouwen, Utrecht: Landelijke India werkgroep (India nieuwsbrief 40).
Review of: T.K. Oommen, From mobilization to institutionalisation: the dynamics of the agrarian movement in 20th century Kerala, Bombay 1985. Journal of Contemporary Asia 16,4: 553.
Review ‘C.R. Das, Gandhi and the Working Class’ of: Rakhahari Chatterji, Working class and the nationalist movement in India, the critical years, New Delhi 1984. Social Scientist 14,6: 59-62.
1987  & Usha Menon et al., The Dutch multinational corporations in India; forew. by Gerrit Huizer New Delhi. – Also publ. London.
“Workers, unions and multinationals.” Social Scientist 15,6: 3-15.
“Indian workers in multinational companies.” EPW 22,18: 810-822.
Review of: A. Rahman (ed.), Grass root participation and self-reliance: experiences in South and Southeast Asia, Oxford-New Delhi 1984. Journal of Contemporary Asia 17,1: 110.
1988  Et al. (red.), Vuil werk, Utrecht: Landelijke India Werkgroep (India nieuwsbrief 56).
“The Indian National Congress and the control over labour: the need for a passive revolution.” In: K. Kumar (ed.), Congress and classes: nationlism, workers, and peasants, New Delhi: Manohar, pp. 58-83.
“Panchayat leaders in a West Bengal district.” EPW 23,40: 2069-2073.
1989  Et al., Het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven in de derde wereld, voorbeeld India, Pit Gooskens (red.); voorw. van Gerrit Huizer; [eindred. Margo Tigchelaar] [Utrecht] : Landelijke India Werkgroep.
& Olga Nieuwenhuys, Loes Schenk-Sandbergen (eds), Women, migrants and tribals: survival strategies in Asia, New Delhi. – Papers presented at the seventh conference on Tropical Asia in June 1987.
& Olga Nieuwenhuys, “Survival and emancipation: introduction.” In: Ibidem, pp. 1-18.
“Industrial workers in India: survival at a higher level.” In: Ibidem, pp. 137-158.
1990  “Depeasantisation discontinued: land reforms in West Bengal.” EPW 25,40: 2265-2271.
1992  Continuity and change in rural West Bengal, New Delhi.
Village councils in a post-land reforms district: the case of Barddhaman, West Bengal, New Delhi-The Hague (Occasional papers and reprints, IDPAD 1992-3).
“Literacy in post-land reform village.” EPW 27,3: 103-109.
“Caste, gender and class in Panchayata: case of Barddhaman, West Bengal.” EPW 27,29: 1567-1574.
1993  Village councils in a static mould: the case of coastal Medinipur, New Delhi-The Hague (Occasional papers and reprints, IDPAD 1993-4).
“West Bengal: a case for land reforms.” Journal of Social Studies 59: 67-87.
1994  The north Indian Kulak farmer and his deficient democracy, [New Delhi] (Occasional papers and reprints, IDPAD 1994-4).
“Rural development in West Bengal: views from below.” Journal of Contemporary Asia 24,4: 515-530.
1995  Review of: G. Omvedt, Reinventing revolution: new social movements and the socialist tradition in India, New York 1993. Journal of Contemporary Asia 25,2: 286-288.
1996  Development, devolution and democracy: village discourse in West Bengal, New Delhi [etc.]: Sage Publications (Indo-Dutch studies on development alternatives 18). – Revision of PhD thesis Nijmegen 1984.
“Hindu communalism: between caste and class.” Journal of Contemporary Asia 26,2: 236-252.
“Land reforms at centre stage: the evidence on West Bengal.” Development and Change 27,1: 111-130.
Review of: Suranjan Das and Sekhar Bandopadhyay (eds), Caste and communal politics in South Asia, Calcutta 1993; and of: Yunas Samad, A nation in turmoil: nationalism and ethnicity in Pakistan, 1937-1958, New Delhi 1995. Journal of Contemporary Asia 26,4: 536-539.
1997  & Fons van der Velden (reds), Grenzen aan de hulp: beleid en effecten van ontwikkelingssamenwerking, Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis. – 2e herz. dr. in 1998.
1998  Review of: Vineeta Hoon, Living on the move: Bhotiyas of the Kumanon Himalaya, New Delhi 1996. Journal of Contemporary Asia 28,1: 142-146.
1999  & Ravi Srivastava, Unequal partners: power relations, devolution and development in Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi [etc.] : Sage (Indo-Dutch studies on development alternatives 23).
Review of: Nalini Rajan, Secularism, democracy, justice: implication of Rawlsian principle in India, New Delhi 1998. Journal of Contemporary Asia 29,2: 272-275.
“Multinationals and development: revisiting the debate.” Social Scientist 27,11/12: 27-46.
2000  “Children, work and education: general parameters.” EPW 35,24: 2037-2043.
“Children, work and education: field work in two UP villages.” EPW 35,25: 2171-2178.
Review of: Pradip N. Khandwalla, Revitalizing the state: a menu of options, Thousand Oaks, CA 1999; of: Eric Gonsalves and Nancy Jetly (eds), The dynamics of South Asia: regional cooperation and SAARC, New Delhi 1999; and of: Paul Hockings, Kindreds of the earth: Badaga household structure and demography, Thousand Oaks, CA 1999. Journal of Contemporary Asia 30,2: 277-281.
2001  & Ben White (eds), Child labour: policy options, Amsterdam.
2002  & Jan Breman, “A pro-poor development project in rural Pakistan: an academic analysis and a non-intervention.” In: Dick Kooiman et al. (eds), Conflict in a globalising world: studies in honour of Peter Kloos, Assen, pp. 122-145. – Also published in Journal of Agrarian Change 2,3: 331-355.
“The human development puzzle in Kerala.” Journal of Contemporary Asia 32: 47-68.
“Faltering development and the post-modernist discourse.” Social Scientist 30,7/8: 67-83.
2003  Power, politics, and rural development: essays on India, New Delhi: Manohar.
Kinderarbeid: prangende vragen en contouren voor onderzoek, Amsterdam: Vossiuspers UvA. – Inaugurele rede Universiteit van Amsterdam.
2004  & Ravi Srivastava and Sukhadeo Thorat (eds), Small hands in South Asia: child labour in perspective, New Delhi (Indo-Dutch Programme for Alternatives in Development).
& Ravi Srivastava and Sukhadeo Thorat, “Introduction.” In: Ibidem, pp. 15-36. – Also published in Journal of Indian School of Political Economy 16,2/3: 333-346.
“Child labour in South Asia: an account of numbers.” In: Ibidem, pp. 37-60.
Views on development: the local and the global in India and Pakistan, New Delhi: Three Essays Collective.
The child labour problem: issues and solutions / G.K. Lieten (ed.) ; [photos: Kristoffel Lieten … et al.], Amsterdam.
Ed. of: Working children around the world: child rights and child reality, New Delhi: Institute for Human Development and Amsterdam: IREWOC Foundation.
“Child labour and poverty.” In: Ibidem, pp..
& Sudip Chakraborty, “What do child labourers do? Details of a rural district in Northeast India.” In: Ibidem, pp.
2005  Et al., Kustbewoners, [red. en samenst.: Nanda Brouwer et al.], Amsterdam: KIT Publishers.
Child labour: burning questions, Amsterdam: Aksant. – Translation of the inaugural lecture University of Amsterdam 2003.
Children as agents in development, ed. Sonja Zweegers, photogr. Kristoffel Lieten, [Amsterdam].
2008  Children, structure and agency: realities across the developing world, New York (Routledge studies in development and society 16).
2009  Child labour and child rights, Dhaka.
2010  “The ILO setting the terms in the child labour debate.” In: Jasmien van Daele et al. (eds), ILO histories: essays on the International Labour Organization and its impact on the world during the twentieth century, Bern, pp. 443-460.
2011  Editor of: Working boys and girls at risk: child labour in urban Bangladesh, Dhaka: University Press Limited, xii, 168 p.
“Introduction: child labour in Bangladesh.” In: Ibidem, pp. 3-20.
“Recommendations.” In: Ibidem, pp. 151-158.
& E. van Nederveen Meerkerk, “Child labour’s global past, 1650-2000: an introduction.” In: K. Lieten & E. van Nederveen Meerkerk (eds), Child labour’s global past, 1650-2000, Bern (International and comparative social history 13), pp. 11-34.
“India: een keizer zonder kleren.” Internationale Spectator 65,4: 193-195.
2012  “Inclusive view of religion: a rural discourse in Uttar Pradesh.” In: S.S. Jodhka (ed.), Village society: essays from Economic and Political Weekly (Readings on the economy, polity and society), New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, pp. 69-81.
“Foreword.” In: E. Castle, A. de Groot & M. Haitsma (eds), Poverty and child labour in Kathmandu, Kathmandu: Mandala Book Point, pp. ix-xiv.