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Adivasiness as Caste Expression and Land Rights Claim-Making in Central-Eastern India

Oskarsson, Patrik and Sareen, Siddharth (2020). Adivasiness as Caste Expression and Land Rights Claim-Making in Central-Eastern India. Journal of Contemporary Asia. 50 , 831-847
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The adivasi population represents a special case in India's new land wars. Strong individual and community rights to agricultural and forest lands have been enacted for this group based on notions of adivasi identities as primeval, but without linking these to economic and political influence. This article interrogates the adivasi land question seen through a caste lens. It does so via case studies in two states to understand the ways in which adivasi identity can be mobilised for its instrumental value and used to demand land rights. In Andhra Pradesh, the Supreme Court's Samatha Judgement has prevented virtually all private mining activities. In Jharkhand, however, similar legislation is seen to be trumped by the national Coal Bearing Areas Act, as well as by former and current land acquisition acts that allow industrial land claims to take precedence over identity-based ones. Available evidence indicates the challenges involved in bringing support for land rights that are premised on a supposedly unchanging adivasi identity when these rights go against dominant interests. This circumstance serves to highlight the possibilities present in caste analysis to understand the plight of adivasis, despite their usually distinct treatment in scholarly analyses.

Authors/Creators:Oskarsson, Patrik and Sareen, Siddharth
Title:Adivasiness as Caste Expression and Land Rights Claim-Making in Central-Eastern India
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:50
Page range:831-847
Number of Pages:17
ISSN:0047-2336
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 507 Social and Economic Geography > Human Geography
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 504 Sociology > Social Anthropology
Keywords:Adivasi, land rights, caste, identity politics, indigeneity, sub-national regions
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-101620
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-101620
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1080/00472336.2019.1656277
Web of Science (WoS)000486771400001
ID Code:17618
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:29 Sep 2020 10:30
Metadata Last Modified:29 Sep 2020 10:31

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