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Accessing Nature: Agrarian Change, Forest Laws and their Impact on an Adivasi Economy in Colonial India

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dc.contributor.author Das Gupta, Sanjukta
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-16T17:38:10Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-16T17:38:10Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/6071
dc.description.abstract "This article discusses how changing access to nature impacted an adivasi people, the Hos of Singhbhum. Without romanticizing the pre-British past, it may be argued that for the Hos of the time there had been dependence both on the forest and on cultivation, which had ensured them a minimum livelihood. This paper explores how their access to nature gradually diminished under colonial rule through the twin governmental policies of expansion of the agrarian frontier and restriction of the forests to the indigenous population. This led to the sedentarisation of the adivasis, further contributing towards agrarian expansion in India. However, this article argues that the extension of cultivation did not, however, benefit the Hos. Instead, the nature of the increase in acreage in Singhbhum, led to new agricultural practices, which, together with the restrictive forest laws and lack of new irrigation facilities, led to an agrarian crisis in the region, forcing the Hos to leave their lands and seek their fortunes elsewhere." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject famine en_US
dc.subject migration en_US
dc.subject forests en_US
dc.subject Adivasi (Indian People) en_US
dc.title Accessing Nature: Agrarian Change, Forest Laws and their Impact on an Adivasi Economy in Colonial India en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.coverage.country India en_US
dc.subject.sector Agriculture en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Conservation and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 7 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 227-238 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth October-December en_US

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