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Adivasis and the State

Adivasis and the State
Subalternity and Citizenship in India's Bhil Heartland

Part of South Asia in the Social Sciences

  • Date Published: September 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108496537

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  • In Adivasis and the State, Alf Gunvald Nilsen presents a major study of how subalternity is both constituted and contested through state-society relations in the Bhil heartland of western India. The book unravels the historical processes that subordinated Bhil Adivasi communities to the everyday tyranny of the state and investigates how social movements have mobilised to reclaim citizenship. In doing so, the book also reveals how collective action from below transform the meanings of governmental categories, legal frameworks, and universalising vocabularies of democracy. At the core of the book lies a concern with understanding the dialectics of power and resistance that give form and direction to the political economy of democracy and development in contemporary India. Towards this end, Adivasis and the State contributes a sustained and nuanced Gramscian analysis of hegemony in order to interrogate the possibilities and limits of subaltern political engagement with state structures.

    • A fine-grained and engaged historical ethnography of the making of subalternity and citizenship in Adivasi communities in rural India
    • Develops and deploys an innovative Gramscian approach to the study of how subalternity is constituted and contested in state-society relations
    • Written in an engaging style that will be accessible to non-specialist readers and a wide readership beyond the disciplinary confines of South Asia studies
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    • Date Published: September 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108496537
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 238 x 160 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures and tables
    Glossary of Hindi terms
    Preface
    1. Introduction
    Part I. Subalternity:
    2. 'So much fear was inside us': everyday tyranny in the Bhil heartland
    3. 'Quiet and obedient cultivators': colonial state space and the origins of everyday tyranny
    4. 'You are now the masters of the country': negotiations and consolidations
    Part II. Citizenship:
    5. 'The fears have gone away': making oppositional local rationalities
    6. 'We are the ones who make the Sarkar': law, civil society and citizenship in subaltern politics
    7. 'They have weakened us': deciphering the politics of coercion
    8. Conclusion
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Alf Gunvald Nilsen, Universitet i Agder, Norway
    Alf Gunvald Nilsen is Associate Professor in the Department of Global Development and Planning at the Universitet i Agder, Norway.

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