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Colonial Influences on Property, Community, and Land Use in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

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dc.contributor.author Baker, J. Mark en_US
dc.contributor.author Agrawal, Arun en_US
dc.contributor.author Sivaramakrishnan, Kumbakonam G. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:24:35Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:24:35Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-06-29 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-06-29 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/64
dc.description.abstract "British rale in the western Himalayan hill state of Kangra, which began in 1846, represented both continuities with, and disjunctures from, precolonial notions of sovereignty, property, and rule. Early colonial administrators, like their predecessors the Katoch rajas, were attuned to the importance of symbolic representations of state power. The early British revenue assessments in Kangra were also modeled after those of the prior Sikh government. However, the first land settlement of Kangra in 1850 facilitated changes in the control, use, and area of agricultural and forest lands in Kangra. These changes resulted from three interrelated processes. First, during the inherently contentious process of recording rights to land, settlement officers in this hill region applied models of property rights and the village community that had developed on the plains and that were informed by European notions of private property and agricultural development. The result was the creation of new 'traditions' of land use and control. Second, Revenue Department officials emphasized the notion of property as a transferable economic resource that was allocated to individual property owners, in contrast to precolonial conceptions of property as an instrument for securing political legitimacy by distributing 'interests' in property among different groups. Third, the Revenue and Forest Departments' use of land ownership as the sole criteria for assigning rights to forests and uncultivated areas increased local inequities; landless and nonagricultural groups were disenfranchised from resources to which they had previously possessed usufructuary rights of access and use." en_US
dc.publisher Duke University en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Agrarian Environments: Resources, Representation, and Rule in India en_US
dc.subject colonization en_US
dc.subject property rights en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject village organization en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject economic development en_US
dc.title Colonial Influences on Property, Community, and Land Use in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh en_US
dc.type Book Chapter 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 Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.identifier.citationpages 47-67 en_US
dc.identifier.citationpubloc Durham, NC en_US

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