The Politics of Migration and Subalternity in the Andaman Islands

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Often called ‘Mini-India’, the Andaman Islands have been a crucial site of encounter between different regimes, subjects, castes, creeds, languages and ethnicities. Since 1858, subaltern convicts, refugees, repatriates and labourers from South and Southeast Asia have moved to the islands, condemned to, or in search of a new life. While some migrants have achieved social mobility, others have remained disenfranchised and marginalized.
This ethnographic study of the Andaman settler society analyses various shades of inequality that arise from migrant communities’ material and representational access to the state. The author employs the concept of subalternity to investigate political negotiations of island history, collective identity, ecological sustainability and resource access. Interpreting characteristic views, practices and voices of subaltern interlocutors, the author untangles their collective agency and consciousness in migration, settlement and place-making processes. Further, the book highlights particular subaltern strategies in order to achieve autonomy and peaceful cohabitation through movement, cultural and social appropriation and multi-layered methods of resistance.

AuthorPhilipp Zehmisch
Height590 mm
Length880 mm
Width130 mm
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages384
Package Quantity1
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2017-05-05
PublisherOUP India
StudioOUP India
Sales Rank315827

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