Dancing with the River People and Life on the Chars of South Asia

ISBN-10: 0300188307
ISBN-13: 9780300188301
Edition: 2013
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Description: With this book Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and Gopa Samanta offer an intimate glimpse into the microcosmic world of “hybrid landscapes.” Focusing on chars—the part-land, part-water, low-lying sandy masses that exist within the riverbeds in the floodplains  More...

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List price: $75.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 6/25/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

With this book Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and Gopa Samanta offer an intimate glimpse into the microcosmic world of “hybrid landscapes.” Focusing on chars—the part-land, part-water, low-lying sandy masses that exist within the riverbeds in the floodplains of lower Bengal—the authors show how, both as real-life examples and as metaphors, chars straddle the conventional categories of land and water, and how people who live on them fluctuate between legitimacy and illegitimacy. The result, a study of human habitation in the nebulous space between land and water, charts a new way of thinking about land, people, and people's ways of life.

Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt has been closely associated with local level movements working on water and related environmental issues in West Bengal, India. Trained as a human geographer from Calcutta University, Kuntala has researched water and society in Lower Damodar Valley region. She has been a member of SAARC Track III water initiatives and been a resource person for Panos Institute's flood enquiry. Kuntala has set up a Gender Water Network (see http: //www.rspas.anu.edu.au/gwn), and is a member of the Steering Committee of Gender Water Alliance. She has written widely about water resources, and has guest edited 'Water for People' special issue (51.1) of the journal Development. Kuntala teaches and conducts research also on community development in mining areas and has authored several papers and books. Her recent publications include the edited volume Fluid Bonds: Views on Gender and Water, Stree, Kolkata, 2006. Kuntala is currently a Fellow at the Resource Management in Asia Pacific Program at The Australian National University.

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introducing Chars: Where Lands Float on Water
Char Fage: A Char Rises
Controlling the River to Free Up Land
Bhitar o Bahir Katha: Inside and Outside Stories of Chars and the Mainland
Silent Footfalls: Peopling the Chars
Living with Risk: Beyond Vulnerability/Security
Livelihoods Defined by Water: Nadir Sathe Baas
Living on Chars, Drifting with Rivers
Appendix: Full Census Data for Surveyed Chars
Notes
Glossary
References
Index

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