Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Land Question in IndiaState, Dispossession, and Capitalist Transition$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Anthony P. D'Costa and Achin Chakraborty

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198792444

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198792444.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 17 July 2019

The Adivasi Land Question in the Neoliberal Era

The Adivasi Land Question in the Neoliberal Era

(p.176) 7 The Adivasi Land Question in the Neoliberal Era
The Land Question in India

Rajesh Bhattacharya

Snehashish Bhattacharya

Kaveri Gill

Oxford University Press

Since the mid-1980s, the Indian state has enacted a series of radical legislations granting administrative autonomy to tribal communities (adivasis) and recognizing their community rights over natural resources. The adivasis, who are intimately connected to forest lands for their subsistence and through cultural practices, have long resisted encroachment of these resources by capital and by the state acting on capital’s behalf. These legislations are celebrated as a victory for constraining capital to access natural resources at its will. This chapter argues, however, that such politico-juridical interventions also points to the emergence of a more protean neoliberal governance structure. As commodified adivasi land refuses to be encompassed by the logic of market—the neoliberal order may seek to instrumentally use these legislations to clearly define property rights over resources, which can then form the basis of negotiations with the adivasi communities over land for the benefit of capital.

Keywords:   tribal communities, adivasis, state, radical legislations, neoliberal order, property rights

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .