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Making and Misconceiving Community in South Indian Tank Irrigation

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dc.contributor.author Mosse, David en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:32:51Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:32:51Z
dc.date.issued 1998 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2001-07-02 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2001-07-02 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/882
dc.description.abstract "There is today a pervasive policy consensus in favour of the transfer of resources management from state to community. The rationale for such policy hardly needs to be rehearsed for the present readership (cf. Ostrom 1990). The assumptions about community, resource management and the state which are involved, however, do invite reflection. "While, as I will show below, ideas of community (in irrigation) are sociologically naive and inaccurate in their assumptions of homogeneity, co-operation, autonomy from the state (etc.), and while they divert attention away from some of the most significant social dynamics of resources 'management', this is not the only: measure by which the notion of community is to be judged (Li 1996). In common property debates today, 'community' is, above all, a cultural idea actively evoked and manipulated in the legitimation of strategies of resource use at local and governmental levels. "The force of 'community' as a cultural idea comes from its place in policy discourse. I want now to show how contemporary policy on 'community management' within south Indian irrigation has its roots in the exigencies of colonial government, and how community 'tradition' was evoked to validate state irrigation strategies in 19th century Madras. The case not only illustrates the connection between power and forms of knowing 'the other' (Said 1979), but also shows that 'Orientalism...is not just a way of thinking...but: a way of conceptualising the landscape of the colonial world that makes it susceptible to certain kinds of management' (Breckenridge & van der Veer 1993:6)." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject irrigation en_US
dc.subject community participation en_US
dc.subject water users' associations en_US
dc.subject anthropology en_US
dc.title Making and Misconceiving Community in South Indian Tank Irrigation en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region Middle East & South Asia en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Crossing Boundaries, the Seventh Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates June 10-14 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada en_US
dc.submitter.email hess@indiana.edu en_US

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