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Dancing with the RiverPeople and Life on the Chars of South Asia$
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Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and Gopa Samanta

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300188301

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300188301.001.0001

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Livelihoods Defined by Water

Livelihoods Defined by Water

Nadir Sathe Baas

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(p.150) Chapter 7 Livelihoods Defined by Water
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Dancing with the River
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James C. Scott

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300188301.003.0007

This chapter focuses on the livelihoods of char dwellers by developing a sense of community that allows people to help each other in the struggle for survival. They have honed a fine appreciation of the nature of the river in order to use every bit of opportunity available to them and create a hybrid livelihood. The char location provides a unique setting, providing a geographical context in understanding the livelihood strategies of women-headed households. Choruas build a sense of community in securing livelihoods for themselves and their families. Chars are not deterritorialized in the process in which culture and power is enmeshed, even though in the chars, neither locality nor community is rooted in natural identities. Thus, char communities create new forms of economic citizenship that are beyond the state through their complex and hybrid livelihood strategies.

Keywords:   livelihoods, char dwellers, hybrid livelihood, char location, women-headed households, chouras, char communities

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