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Sarasij Majumder

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823282425

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823282425.001.0001

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Land Is Like Gold: (In)commensurability and the Politics of Land

Land Is Like Gold: (In)commensurability and the Politics of Land

(p.62) Chapter 2 Land Is Like Gold: (In)commensurability and the Politics of Land
People's Car

Sarasij Majumder

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines how local discourses and narratives about land and development connect property as things and property as relationships. “Land is our mother; it cannot be bought and sold,” “Land is like gold, it is good even if weeds grow on it,” “We are the proprietors,” “Cash vanishes, land remains,” “We (the landed) are more civilized and developed than the landless.” These statements and the local political contexts of their emergence together provide landowning villagers with rhetorical strategies to imagine, talk about, and take positions regarding their relationships with the state, the political regime, and the landless lower caste.

Keywords:   implicit understanding, incommensurability, politics of land, regimes of self-making

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