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Contested Belonging : An Indigenous People's Struggle for Forest and Identity in Sub-Himalayan Bengal - B. G. Karlsson

Contested Belonging

An Indigenous People's Struggle for Forest and Identity in Sub-Himalayan Bengal

Hardcover Published: 15th May 2000
ISBN: 9780700711796
Number Of Pages: 310

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Deals with the modern predicament of the Rabha (or Kocha) people, one of India;s indigenous peoples, traditionally practising shifting cultivation in the jungle tracts situated where the Himalayan mountains meet the plains of Bengal. When the area came under British rule and was converted into tea gardens and reserved forests, Rabhas were forced to become labourers under the forest department. Today, large-scale illegal deforestation and the global interest in wildlife conservation once again jeopardize their survival. Karlsson describes the development of the Rabha people, their ways of coping with the colonial regime of scientific forestry and the depletion of the forest, as well as with present day concerns for wilderness and wildlife restoration and preservation. Central points relate to the construction of identity as a form of subaltern resistance, the Rabha;s ongoing conversion to Christianity and their ethnic mobilisation, and the agency involved in the construction of cultural or ethnic identities.

Plates, Maps, Figures and Tables
Preface and Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 3
Identifying the Rabhap. 25
Life on the Marginp. 50
Coping with Colonial Forestryp. 69
Dwindling Forests and the Rule of the Tiger-Sahibsp. 106
Becoming Rabha Christiansp. 147
'Koch is Rabha: Rabha is Koch': Ethnic Mobilisation and the Making of a Rabha Nationp. 194
Modernity, Agency and Cultural Identityp. 231
Contested Belongingp. 258
Notesp. 263
Bibliographyp. 288
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780700711796
ISBN-10: 0700711791
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 15th May 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1