Defying Displacement: Grassroots Resistance and the Critique of Development

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The uprooting and displacement of people has long been among the hard-ships 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 project 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 actions 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292717633
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments x

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

Bibliography 259

Index 283

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