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In the Belly of the River Tribal Conflicts over Development in the Narmada Valley

ISBN-10: 0195671368

ISBN-13: 9780195671360

Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Amita Baviskar

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This book provides an account of the lives of Bhilala adivasis in the Narmada valley who are fighting against displacement by the Sardar Sarovar dam in Western India. On the basis of intensive fieldwork and historical research, this study places the tribal community in the context of its experience of state domination. The author challenges current theories of social movements which claim that a cultural critique of the "development" paradigm is writ large in the political actions of those marginalized by "development"--adivasis who lived in harmony with nature, combining reverence for nature with the sustainable management of resources. The complexity of adivasi politics cannont be reduced to an opposition between "development" and "resistance." The book forces us to re-examine the politics of representation within the ideology of progressive movements. It will be of equal interest to scholars and social activists concerned about development environment, and indigenous peoples.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/17/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Introduction
National development, poverty and the environment
A history of Adivasi-state relations
Bhilalas : caste or tribe?
Community and the politics of honour
Economy and ecology
'In the belly of the river' : nature and ideology
The politics of the Sangath
The politics of the Andolan
Conclusions
Trees in the forest around Anjanvara and their uses
Gayana - the Bhilala song of creation
A glossary of Hindi and Bhilai words