Identity, Resettlement and Perceptions of Change: The Vasava Bhils of Gujarat, India. GARP3

Hakim, Roxanne. 2000. Identity, Resettlement and Perceptions of Change: The Vasava Bhils of Gujarat, India. GARP3. Other. Goldsmiths Anthropology Research Papers, London, UK. [Report]

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The Vasava Bhils of the Makhadkhada, an isolated village on the banks of the River Narmada in the Satpura Hills of Gujarat, western India, have recently been displaced by the controversial Sardar Sarovar (Narmada) Dam Project. Through long-term fieldwork both prior to and following displacement, my research examines the impact that resettlement has had on the community's economy, religion and social relations. In this paper I discuss the different attitudes to and perceptions of change that come into play in a situation where an isolated hill community is resettled in the plains. I do this through a reflexive discussion of my fieldwork experience.

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Dr Roxanne Hakim was the first Fellow in Urgent Anthropology and held the post at Goldsmiths College from 1985-1987. She completed her PhD from King's College, University of Cambridge and recently joined the World Bank under its Young Professionals Program and is based in Washington.

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Gujarat; Sardar Sarovar (armada) Dam; resettlement; community; anthropology; fieldwork

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Anthropology > GARP - Goldsmiths Anthropology Research Papers



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16 May 2008 15:15

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07 Dec 2012 12:49


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