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The political construction of wasteland: governmentality, land acquisition and social inequality in South India

Baka, Jennifer (2013) The political construction of wasteland: governmentality, land acquisition and social inequality in South India. Development and Change, 44 (2). pp. 409-428. ISSN 0012-155X

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Identification Number: 10.1111/dech.12018

Abstract

Through a micro-level study of a biofuel-related land acquisition in rural Tamil Nadu, India, this article reveals how state–subject relations are shaping modern land deal politics. Through its political construction of the concept of ‘wasteland’ and its associated wasteland development programme, the Indian state has facilitated a series of questionable land acquisitions, reshaping agrarian livelihoods in the process. A class of land brokers has emerged to help carry out the state's project of converting ‘wastelands’ to more ‘productive’, state-defined uses such as biofuel cultivation and industrial expansion. Those whose lands have been acquired as part of these programmes have undergone a transition to wage labour, increasing the prolitarianization of agrarian communities. By documenting the mechanics of this ‘wasteland governmentality’, this study contributes to a political sociology of the state by unpacking the linkages between the state and agrarian subjects in the context of the ‘global land grab’.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2013 International Institute of Social Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2014 11:41
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2014 11:41
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/52161

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