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Community, Class and Conservation: Development Politics on the Kanyakumari Coast

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dc.contributor.author Subramanian, Ajantha en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:00:21Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:00:21Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-01-16 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-01-16 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3374
dc.description.abstract "In this article I trace the chequered history of 'community' in the coastal belt of Kanyakumari district, from its immediate post-independence role as a mechanism of state intervention in fisheries development to its use in the 1990s in fisher claims to rights and resources, and as a means for devolving conflict management to the local level. I show that the expansion of the state system, in part through development intervention, opened up a charged political arena where Kanyakumari's fishers acquired new tools to negotiate political authority, redefine community and articulate new rights of citizenship. Most importantly, I demonstrate that the development process furthered the mutual implication of state and community, a process that the state has been reluctant to acknowledge. I end the article by arguing that the Tamil Nadu state government's neglect of marine conservation is a function of a bureaucratic sensibility that distinguishes 'state policy' from 'community politics', and resource conservation from social justice, an attitude that has hardened with economic liberalisation. This perspective has prevented the government from taking seriously artisanal fisher demands for trawler regulation and from recognising artisanal activism as a defense of both sectoral rights and of conservation." en_US
dc.subject conflict resolution en_US
dc.subject conservation--history en_US
dc.subject fisheries--history en_US
dc.subject coastal resources--history en_US
dc.subject devolution--history en_US
dc.subject development--history en_US
dc.subject state and local governance--history en_US
dc.title Community, Class and Conservation: Development Politics on the Kanyakumari Coast en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country India en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Fisheries en_US
dc.subject.sector History en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation & Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth July en_US

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