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Mini-India

The Politics of Migration and Subalternity in the Andaman Islands

Philipp Zehmisch

Mini-India

Mini-India

The Politics of Migration and Subalternity in the Andaman Islands

Mini-India

 

This book fills a gap in the under-represented scholarship on the migrant and settler society of the Andaman Islands. The study focusses on how marginalised people from criminalised, low-class, low-caste, landless, refugee, repatriated, and Adivasi backgrounds have come to form a cosmopolitan, overseas conglomerate of communities-a Mini-India that incorporates the cultural, religious, social, ethnic, and class diversity of the subcontinent.


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Beschrijving Mini-India

This contribution to Political Anthropology, Migration Research, and Postcolonial Studies fills a gap in the hitherto under-represented scholarship on the settler society of the Andaman Islands, called Mini-India. The main actors of the book are migrants from criminalised, low-class, low-caste, landless, refugee, repatriated, and Adivasi backgrounds. While some achieved social mobility through their movement to this 'new world' for South Asians, others continued to
remain disenfranchised and marginal. This holds especially true for the Ranchis, Adivasi labour migrants from Chotanagpur, who are at the centre of an ethnographic case study in the second part of the book.

Employing the concept of subalternity to investigate political negotiations of island history, collective identity, ecological sustainability, and resource access, the author analyses various shades of inequality arising from communities' material and representational access to the state. Far from merely representing them as vulnerable victims of external domination, the author emphasizes subaltern agency in migration, settlement, and place-making processes. Representing characteristic views,
practices, consciousness and voices of subaltern interlocutors, the book demonstrates particular strategies to achieve autonomy, autarchy, and peaceful cohabitation through movement, appropriation, and multi-layered means of resistance.


ISBN
9780199469864
Pagina's
343
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NUR
754
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP India

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