Research Seminar April 8th: Shalini Randeria - Dispossession and Capitalist Development: A View from India
Research Seminar April 8th: Shalini Randeria - Dispossession and Capitalist Development: A View from India. The seminar will take place in Gilman 449 at 18:00.
Institute of Human Sciences, Vienna and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Dispossession and Capitalist Development: A View from India
Postcolonial states are states of endemic expropriation. The land question is once again key to their current capitalist transformation. Over the past few decades large-scale displacement of farmers, pastoralists, fishing and forest-dwelling communities in rural areas as well as those living in urban informal settlements has destroyed livelihoods, torn apart the social fabric and rendered millions in India superfluous. The lecture will analyze the dynamics of dispossession and primitive accumulation through liberalization of land. Using ethnographic material it will also examine some ongoing legal struggles against the new enclosures of the commons, be it against evictions from public land or against the privatization of biogenetic resources. It will ask: which legal forums or alternative norms can render the state accountable to its citizens? How can corporations be made answerable to communities whose common property resources they turn into profitable commodities?