Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
People's CarIndustrial India and the Riddles of Populism$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Sarasij Majumder

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823282425

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823282425.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of
date: 15 October 2019

“We Are Chasi, Not Chasa”: Emergence of Land-Based Subjectivities

“We Are Chasi, Not Chasa”: Emergence of Land-Based Subjectivities

Chapter:
(p.33) Chapter 1 “We Are Chasi, Not Chasa”: Emergence of Land-Based Subjectivities
Source:
People's Car
Author(s):

Sarasij Majumder

Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823282425.003.0002

This chapter shows the emergence of land-based identities in West Bengal in the postcolonial period. It demonstrates the social and political divisions and hierarchies that had historically existed in the villages and how in the postcolonial period, certain distinctions gradually softened whereas others based on land hardened. It examines how politicians and policymakers perceived “the villages” and “the rural.” It looks at the political expediencies of elections and democratic politics, which played out in the distribution of land among tenant farmers who constitute the present group of small landholding farmers in Singur. It explores the linguistic distinction between chasa and chasi to trace the changes that occurred in village life and in the subjectivities of small landholding villagers.

Keywords:   chasi/chasa, land reforms, peasantry

University Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .