Rethinking Displacement: Asia Pacific Perspectives

Rethinking Displacement: Asia Pacific Perspectives

By: Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt (author), Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase (editor)Hardback

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This book responds to the need to explore the multitude of interconnected factors causing displacements that compel people to move within their homelands or traverse various borders in the contemporary world that is characterised by extensive and rapid movements of people. It addresses this need by bringing together historical and contemporary accounts and critical examinations of the displaced, by articulating the commonalities in their lived experiences. It accomplishes the task of charting a new path in displacement studies by offering a number of studies from interdisciplinary and diverse methodological approaches comprising ethnographic and qualitative research and literary interpretations to emphasise that although the forms and conditions of mobility are highly divergent, individual experiences of displacement and placelessness offer a critical challenge to the artificial categorisations of people's movements. Each chapter adds insights into the different configurations of displacement and placement, and offers fresh interpretations of migration and dislocation in today's rapidly changing world. The contributors critically examine a variety of displacement processes and experiences in the context of war, tourism, neoliberal policies of development, and the impact of various agro-forestry policies. They focus on a range of countries, enabling a thorough comparative analysis in terms of scope and range of examples and methods of analysis. This book makes an original contribution to the growing body of literature on displacement, and will appeal to a wide readership including advanced undergraduates, and graduate students and professors in disciplines such as human geography, development studies, sociology and anthropology, regional studies and comparative impact assessment.

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Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase is Professor in International Development, The Australian Catholic University, Australia and Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt is Fellow, Resource Management in Asia Pacific program, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, Australia.


Contents: Part 1 Neoliberal Globalisation and Displacement: States Displacing the Poor and the Marginal: Dispossession, placelessness, home and belonging: an outline of a research agenda, Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase and Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt; Neoliberal development, port reform and displacement: the case of Kolkata and Haldia, West Bengal, India, Douglas Hill and Timothy J. Scrase; Youth on the neoliberal margins: ethnography of tourism-led displacement in Kerala, South India, Belinda Green; Neoliberal development and displacement: women's experiences of flight and settlement in South Asia, Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase; Aftermath of dams and displacement in India's Narmada river valley: linking compensation policies with experiences of resettlement, Pratyusha Basu; Globalization and occupational displacement: Indian artisans in the global economy, Timothy J. Scrase. Part 2 Politics and Coercive Displacement: States Displacing Minorities and Indigenous Peoples: The land issue on Banggi Island, Sabah, Malaysia: deagrarianisation and exclusion of the Bonggi, Fadzilah Majid Cooke; Movement by coercion: the displacement of indigenous children in Australia, Suneeti Rekhari; Margin, minorities, and a political economy of displacement: the Chittagong hill tracts of Bangladesh, Bokhtiar Ahmed. Part 3 Placeless Identities: Non-State Places and Floating Peoples: Home-making and regrounding : lives of Bangladeshi migrants on the Damodar Charlands of Lower Bengal, India, Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and Gopa Samanta; Re-imagining 'refugeehood': reflections on Hmong identity(ies) in the diaspora, Roberta Julian; Globalised cartographies of being: literature, refugees, and the Australian nation, Tony Simoes da Silva; Dispossession, human security, and undocumented migration: narrative accounts of Afghani and Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers, Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase and Lynnaire Sheridan; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 03/01/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781409453482
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9781409453482
  • weight: 700
  • ISBN10: 1409453480

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