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Living with Disasters : Communities and Development in the Indian Sundarbans.

Author: Amites Mukhopadhyay
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
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This book is a critical account of the disconnected nature of governance, conservation and livelihood initiatives in the Indian Sundarbans.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Mukhopadhyay, Amites.
Living with Disasters : Communities and Development in the Indian Sundarbans.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Amites Mukhopadhyay
ISBN: 9781316659595 1316659593
OCLC Number: 957125125
Notes: Prawn politics and Niranjan's predicament.
Description: 1 online resource (210 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Maps and Illustrations; Tables and Charts; Glossary; Acronyms; Acknowledgements; Note on Transliteration; Maps; Illustrations; Charts; 1. Introduction; The Sundarbans embankments: Between land and water; Sundarbans: The land where nothing settles; The Sundarbans: Administrative and social profile; Entering the field: Island/s at stake; Disaster, development and marginality of people: What the book aims to do; Political context in West Bengal; Eroding lives: Victimhood and/or agency; Organization of the book; Notes. 2. From Wasteland to Wonderland: The Making of a Heritage SiteWhose heritage site?; Colonial rule and the reclamation of the Sundarbans; Technologies of colonial rule: Gazetteers and statistical accounts; Colonial knowledge building and the Sundarbans wasteland; The Sundarbans in post-independent India; The Marichjhanpi event: Wilderness consolidated; Powerful portrayal and missing links; Notes; 3. Governing the Sundarbans Embankments Today; Grand development and islanders' worries; Sundarban Development Board: The story of an initiative nipped in the bud. The irrigation department and embankments in the Sundarbans: Discourses of erosionBuilding embankments: A context for governmental action, acquisition and apathy; Cyclone Aila: The politics of relief and aid; Irrigation department and Aila struck embankments: Apathy continues; Development as protocol; Notes; 4. Treading a Fine Path between River and Land: Livelihoods Around Embankment; Island, stakeholders and location; Eurocentric riparian doctrine and settlement issues in the Gangetic delta; Building whose embankments: Instances of marginality and agency; Dinu as dafadar; Embankment workers. The displaced in Garantala and their protestPost-Aila scenario; Revisiting everyday forms of protest; Notes; 5. Beldars, Embankment and Governance: Question of Aboriginality Revisited; Biru Sardar and the tiger1; The colonial labour market and the discourse of aboriginality; Adivasis as tiger chasers, adivasis as savages; The adivasi perception of themselves as vulnerable; From embankment builders to beldars: Perceptions of today's adivasis as cutting a sorry figure for their illustrious forefathers; Letting the burden off their shoulders: Embankments and predicaments of beldars. Indigeneity and community revisitedNotes; 6. Catching Prawn, Endangering Embankments: Sustainability-Unsustainability Rhetoric; Tiger prawn seed and Baishakhi as a catcher; Women catchers, dealers and commercial significance of tiger prawn; Maya's voice and biodiversity, embankments and unsustainability of prawn catching; Beyond ecofeminism: Women prawn catchers and power relations within households; Prawn trade and centrality of bheri; Prawn trade, prawn politics and local newspapers; Niranjan as prawn dealer and politics of bheri making; Cross-border prawn trade and networks.

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This book is a critical account of the disconnected nature of governance, conservation and livelihood initiatives in the Indian Sundarbans.

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