Nilsen, Alf Gunvald,

Adivasis and the state : subalternity and citizenship in India's Bhil heartland / Alf Gunvald Nilsen. - pages cm. - South Asia in the social sciences ; 7 .

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Machine generated contents note: 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.

"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"-- "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 The book is 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"--

9781108496537 (hardback)


Adivasis
Adivasis
Adivasis
Hegemony
Caste
Political culture
Social movements
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General.--India--Social conditions.--Government policy--India.--Politics and government.--India--India.--India.--India.--India.

305.8914/7 / GUN

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