ISBN 9789382993780,People and Life on the Chars of South Asia: Dancing with the River

People and Life on the Chars of South Asia: Dancing with the River

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Cambridge University Press

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789382993780

ISBN-10 9382993789


Number of Pages 294 Pages
Language (English)

Social Science

With this book, Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and Gopa Samanta offer an intimate glimpse into the microcosmic world of hybrid environments. Focusing on chars-the part-land, part-water, low-lying sandy masses that exist within the riverbeds in the floodplains of lower Bengal-the authors show how, both as real-life examples and as metaphors, chars straddle the conventional categories of land and water, and how people who live on them fluctuate between legitimacy and illegitimacy. The result, a study of human habitation in the nebulous space between land and water, charts a new way of thinking about land, people, and peoples ways of life.
List of Abbreviations
Chapter 1: Introducing chars: Where lands float on water
Chapter 2: Char jage: A char rises
Chapter 3: Controlling the river to free up land
Chapter 4: Bhitar o bahir katha: Inside and outside stories of chars and the mainland
Chapter 5: Silent footfalls: People and the chars
Chapter 6: Living with risk: Beyond vulnerability/ security
Chapter 7: Livelihoods defined by water: Nadir sathe baas
Chapter 8: Living on chars, drifting with rivers
Appendix: Full census data for surveyed chars
About the Author: Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, Gopa Samanta
Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, Senior Fellow, Resource Management, Asia-Pacific Program, College of Asia and Pacific, Australian National University
Gopa Samanta, Associate Professor, Geography, University of Burdwan