Defying Displacement: Grassroots Resistance and the Critique of Developmentby Anthony Oliver-Smith
Pub. Date: 08/01/2010
Publisher: University of Texas Press
The uprooting and displacement of people has long been among the hardships associated with development and modernity. Indeed, the circulation of commodities, currency, and labor in modern society necessitates both social and spatial mobility. However, the displacement and resettlement of millions of people each year by large-scale infrastructural projects raises serious questions about the democratic character of the development process.
Although designed to spur economic growth, many of these projects leave local people struggling against serious impoverishment and gross violations of human rights. Working from a political-ecological perspective, Anthony Oliver-Smith offers the first book to document the fight against involuntary displacement and resettlement being waged by people and communities around the world.
Increasingly over the last twenty-five years, the voices of people at the grass roots are being heard. People from many societies and cultures are taking action against development-forced displacement and resettlement (DFDR) and articulating alternatives. Taking the promise of democracy seriously, they are fighting not only for their place in the world, but also for their place at the negotiating table, where decisions affecting their well-being are made.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Disasters of Development: Development Forced Displacement and Resettlement 1
Chapter 2 Understanding Resistance: Combating the Violence of Development 42
Chapter 3 The People in the Way 84
Chapter 4 Contested Landscapes: Development, Ecological Upheaval, and Resistance 105
Chapter 5 Challenging the Economics of Displacement: Evaluating Risks and Compensating Losses 132
Chapter 6 The Lake of Memory: Cultural Discourses of Resistance 163
Chapter 7 Confronting Goliath: The Politics of DFDR Resistance 189
Chapter 8 The Risks and Results of Resistance to Resettlement 233
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