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dc.contributor.authorSareen, Siddharth
dc.contributor.authorOskarsson, Patrik
dc.PublishedSareen S, Oskarsson P. Adivasiness as Caste Expression and Land Rights Claim-Making in Central-Eastern India. Journal of Contemporary Asia. 2019eng
dc.description.abstractThe 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.en_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Franciseng
dc.rightsAttribution CC BY-NC-NDeng
dc.titleAdivasiness as Caste Expression and Land Rights Claim-Making in Central-Eastern Indiaeng
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2019 The Author(s)en_US
dc.source.journalJournal of Contemporary Asia

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