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Dancing with the River: People and Life on the Chars of South Asia

Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and Gopa Samanta


This book discusses chars as uniquely fluid environments where the demarcation between land and water is neither well defined nor permanent. Chars form a fluid and problematic category, as much of politics and history as of the environment; both of these social and natural elements are products of control. Within the Gangetic plains, the focus in this book is on the Bengal delta, and specifically the bagri, or the western part of the delta. Lying outside or at the margins of the land revenue system, the complex and fluid environment of chars presents opportunities to some people. Understanding ... More

Keywords: hybrid environments, chars, Bengal delta, bagri, British rule, women-headed households, livelihoods, tropical rivers, vulnerability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300188301
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300188301.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, author

Gopa Samanta, author