Dancing with the River : People and Life on the Chars of South Asia Hardback
Part of the Yale Agrarian Studies Series series
An intimate glimpse into the microcosmic world of "hybrid landscapes" and their inhabitantsWith this book Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and Gopa Samanta offer an intimate glimpse into the microcosmic world of "hybrid environments." Focusing on chars-the part-land, part-water, low-lying sandy masses that exist within the riverbeds in the floodplains of lower Bengal-the authors show how, both as real-life examples and as metaphors, chars straddle the conventional categories of land and water, and how people who live on them fluctuate between legitimacy and illegitimacy.
The result, a study of human habitation in the nebulous space between land and water, charts a new way of thinking about land, people, and people's ways of life.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 296 pages, 11 b-w illus.
- Publisher: Yale University Press
- Publication Date: 07/06/2013
- Category: Anthropology
- ISBN: 9780300188301