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The politics of swidden farming, environment and development in eastern India

Author: Debojyoti Das
Publisher: London, UK ; New York, NY : Anthem Press, an imprint of Wimbledon Publishing Company, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'The Politics of Swidden farming' is an ethnography of swidden farming practised - a characteristically remote, inaccessible and under-researched region of South Asia. The research ties on both archival-historical and contemporary ethnographic discourses on swidden farming and agrarian development among the eastern Naga community inhabiting the northeastern borderland state of Nagaland.
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Das, Debojyoti.
Politics of Swidden farming (Jhum) : Environment and Development in Eastern India.
London : Anthem Press, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Debojyoti Das
ISBN: 9781783087761 1783087765 9781783087778 1783087773
OCLC Number: 1054129075
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Front Matter; Half-title; Title page; Copyright information; Dedication; Table of contents; List of Illustrations; Foreword; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Chapter 1-8; 1 Introduction; Global Discourses: An Overview of Swidden; What's in a Name?; The Naga-State Relationship: Modernizing Agriculture; Framing Slash and Burn as a Problem; Importance of the Book; Structure of the Book; 2 Methodology and Fieldwork: Negotiating Hazardous Fields; The Violent Encounter; Immediate Reflections; After the Event: Distortion or Enlightenment?; Violence and Its Interpretation The Issues of Publishing and of Taking a StanceWorking in a Context of Violence; Encounter and Suspicion: Establishing Fieldworkers' Identity; Reflections on Fieldwork and Ethics; 3 Ethnography, Violence and Memory: Telling Violence in the Naga Hills; Approaching Violence and Naga-State Relations; Statecraft at the Margins: Colonial Encounter and State Rule in the Naga Hills; Nationalizing Frontier Space; The 1957 Tour; 'Government Headhunters'; The Inseparability of Violence and 'Normal' Government; Conclusion 4 Jhum and the 'Science of Empire': Ecological Discourse, Ethnographic Knowledge and Colonial MediationRegulating Frontier Spaces: Tea and the Forest Frontier; Jhum Land Regulation 1946; Jhum, Scientific Knowledge and Empire Building; Savagery and Agriculture: 'Imperial Science' versus the 'Science of Empire'; Colonial Tours in the Naga Hills; Jhum Interventions; Colonial Policy on Jhum; The Grow More Food Programme of the Imperial Government; Conclusion: The Debates on Swidden Farming; 5 Land and Land-Based Relations in a Yimchunger Naga Village: From Book View to Field View Agrarian LandscapeLand Relations in Leangkonger: An Overview; Land Relations after the 1970s: The Rise of Second Settlers; Control over Access and Use of Land and Resources; Conclusion; 6 The Politics of Time: The Missionary Calendar, the Protestant Ethic and Labour Relations among the Eastern Nagas; Time Reckoning among the Yimchunger Nagas; The Khiungpuh and Control over Time; The Khiungpuh and the Synchronization of Festivals; The Missionaries and Time Reckoning; Two Stories; Track 1; Track 2; The Politics of Time: A Synoptic Illusion; Baptist Time Discipline on Sunday A New Order of Time: Land and Labour RelationsTime and the Body; Conclusion; 7 Micro-Politics of Development Intervention: Village Patrons, Community Participation and the NEPED Project; The Project; The NEPED Model Village; The Project Operation in the Village: Patronage and Privileges; The Predicament of Project Implementation and Its Outcome; Project Outcome and Village Realities; 8 Conclusion; End Matter; Notes; 1 Introduction; 2 Methodology and Fieldwork: Negotiating Hazardous Fields; 3 Ethnography, Violence and Memory: Telling Violence in the Naga Hills
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'The Politics of Swidden farming' is an ethnography of swidden farming practised - a characteristically remote, inaccessible and under-researched region of South Asia. The research ties on both archival-historical and contemporary ethnographic discourses on swidden farming and agrarian development among the eastern Naga community inhabiting the northeastern borderland state of Nagaland.

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