The Politics of Belonging in India: Becoming Adivasi

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-04-27
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This volume responds to the need for an inter-disciplinary re-assessment of Tribal studies in postcolonial India. The volume engages in this process by defining a new field of Adivasi studies. As such it prompts a close review of the political and sociological categories of tribal peoples and Indigenous peoples. This process is driven by the relevance of the Indigenous movement worldwide to current research in India. Since the 1990s, and the formation of the International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples, this movement has influenced Adivasi self-perception and self-representation.Contributions address the following concerns: the meaning of Indigenous studies in the context of globalised academic and political imaginaries; the possibilities and pitfalls of constructions of indigeneity as both a foundational and a relational concept; critical interest in Adivasi historiography via oral and visual ethnographic methodologies; the politics of historical representation and collective memory; the interface between Adivasi activism and academic discourse; and the environmental aspects of Adivasi protest and identity.This book discerns the disciplinary implications of Adivasi studies, both in terms of its methods and approaches and its relations with other existing fields, such as Tribal studies, Subaltern studies and Indigenous studies. As such, it is an essential read for students and scholars of Indian Sociology, Anthropology and Cultural Studies and Indigenous studies more generally.

Table of Contents

List of mapsp. xi
Notes on contributorsp. xii
Prefacep. xiv
Hul Johar/Acknowledgementsp. xvi
Indigenous pasts and the politics of belongingp. 1
Contesting categories, blurring boundariesp. 15
The dangers of belonging: tribes, indigenous peoples and homelands in South Asiap. 19
Performative genres as boundary markers: folklore and the creation of Purulia as a border zonep. 44
Revisiting resistancep. 59
Rebellion as modern self fashioning: a Santal movement in colonial Bengalp. 65
Reconstructing an event: the Great Rebellion of 1857-8 and Singhbhum Indigenesp. 82
Landscape and Adivasi agencyp. 97
Customary rights and resistance in the forests of Singhbhump. 103
Standpoints and intersections: towards an indigenist epistemologyp. 119
Politics, participation and recognitionp. 137
Sovereignty through indigenous governance: reviving 'traditional political institutions' in Northeast Indiap. 141
Aid, Adivasis and aspirations for development in western Indiap. 154
Politics, development and identity: Jharkhand, 1991-2009p. 175
Mainstreams and marginsp. 191
Using the past to win the present: peasant revolt, political parties and the print media in leftist West Bengalp. 199
Who cares for a new state? The imaginary institution of Jharkhandp. 217
Indexp. 231
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