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

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Dancing with the River: People and Life on the Chars of South Asia
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An intimate glimpse into the microcosmic world of "hybrid landscapes" and their inhabitants

With this book Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and Gopa Samanta offer an intimate glimpse into the microcosmic world of "hybrid environments." Focusing on chars--the part-land, part-water, low-lying sandy masses that exist within the riverbeds in the floodplains of lower Bengal--the authors show how, both as real-life examples and as metaphors, chars straddle the conventional categories of land and water, and how people who live on them fluctuate between legitimacy and illegitimacy. The result, a study of human habitation in the nebulous space between land and water, charts a new way of thinking about land, people, and people's ways of life.

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9780300188301
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Hardcover
Publication Date: 
June 25, 2013