Mini-India

The Politics of Migration and Subalternity in the Andaman Islands

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9780199469864

Publication date:

08/05/2017

Hardback

384 pages

Price: 1100.00 INR

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ISBN:

9780199469864

Publication date:

08/05/2017

Hardback

384 pages

Philipp Zehmisch

This ethnographic study of the Andaman settler society analyses various shades of inequality that arise from migrant communities' material and representational access to the state. The author employs the concept of subalternity to investigate political negotiations of island history, collective identity, ecological sustainability, and resource access. Interpreting characteristic views, practices, and voices of subaltern interlocutors, the author untangles their collective agency and consciousness in migration, settlement, and place-making processes. Further, the book highlights particular subaltern strategies in order to achieve autonomy and peaceful cohabitation through movement, cultural and social appropriation, and multi-layered methods of resistance.

Rights:  World Rights

Philipp Zehmisch

Description

Often called ‘Mini-India’, the Andaman Islands have been a crucial site of encounter between different regimes, subjects, castes, creeds, languages, and ethnicities. Since 1858, subaltern convicts, refugees, repatriates, and labourers from South and Southeast Asia have moved to the islands, condemned to, or in search of a new life. While some migrants have achieved social mobility, others have remained disenfranchised and marginalized.
This ethnographic study of the Andaman settler society analyses various shades of inequality that arise from migrant communities’ material and representational access to the state. The author employs the concept of subalternity to investigate political negotiations of island history, collective identity, ecological sustainability, and resource access. Interpreting characteristic views, practices, and voices of subaltern interlocutors, the author untangles their collective agency and consciousness in migration, settlement, and place-making processes. Further, the book highlights particular subaltern strategies in order to achieve autonomy and peaceful cohabitation through movement, cultural and social appropriation, and multi-layered methods of resistance.

About the Author

Philipp Zehmisch
is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany.

Philipp Zehmisch

Table of contents


List of Figures and Maps
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Prologue

Introduction

Part I Theory, Methodology, and the Field

1 The Concept of Subalternity: Theoretical and Methodological Implications
2 Doing Fieldwork in the Andamans: Transformations with and within the Field

Part II Islands of Subalternity: Migration, Place-Making, and Politics

3 Subaltern Migrations and the State
4 Mini-India: Nationalism, Politics, and Subaltern Consciousness
5 Manifestations of History
Interlude: Fieldwork, the Subaltern, and the Everyday State

Part III Landscapes of Subalternity: An Ethnography of the Ranchis of Mini-India

6 Uncovering the Silent Other: Colonization, Aboriginal Labour, and the Production of Ranchi-ness
7 The Ranchis of Mini-India: Subaltern Lifeworlds in the Margins of the State
8 The Politics of Voice and Silence: Dialectics of Domination and Autonomy

Conclusion

Glossary
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

Philipp Zehmisch

Features

  • First ethnographic literature on the Ranchi community in the Andaman Islands
  • Contributes to the academic tradition of subaltern theory from an anthropological perspective
  • Focusses on how marginalized people from criminalized, low-class, low-caste, landless, refugee, repatriated, and Adivasi backgrounds have come to form a cosmopolitan ‘Mini-India’ in the Andaman Islands.

Philipp Zehmisch

Review


‘This anthropological work is an innovative and insightful use of Subaltern Studies and postcolonial theory to examine the social formation of the little-studied Andaman Islands. We get a fascinating examination of the combined and contradictory working of inter-ethnic relations, colonialism, nationalism, and racialized labour that underlies the framing of the Andamans as Mini-India. At once theoretically informed and ethnographically rich, the book illuminates how state policies and the practices of migrant groups—and their silences—produce and negotiate the conditions of domination and subalternity.’
—Gyan Prakash
Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, Princeton University, USA

‘An important and insightful work that sheds much-needed light on the afterlife of a penal colony, and on the emergence of novel formulations of society and identity in modern India.’
—Satadru Sen
Professor of History, The Graduate Centre, City University of New York, USA

Philipp Zehmisch

Description

Often called ‘Mini-India’, the Andaman Islands have been a crucial site of encounter between different regimes, subjects, castes, creeds, languages, and ethnicities. Since 1858, subaltern convicts, refugees, repatriates, and labourers from South and Southeast Asia have moved to the islands, condemned to, or in search of a new life. While some migrants have achieved social mobility, others have remained disenfranchised and marginalized.
This ethnographic study of the Andaman settler society analyses various shades of inequality that arise from migrant communities’ material and representational access to the state. The author employs the concept of subalternity to investigate political negotiations of island history, collective identity, ecological sustainability, and resource access. Interpreting characteristic views, practices, and voices of subaltern interlocutors, the author untangles their collective agency and consciousness in migration, settlement, and place-making processes. Further, the book highlights particular subaltern strategies in order to achieve autonomy and peaceful cohabitation through movement, cultural and social appropriation, and multi-layered methods of resistance.

About the Author

Philipp Zehmisch
is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany.

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Reviews


‘This anthropological work is an innovative and insightful use of Subaltern Studies and postcolonial theory to examine the social formation of the little-studied Andaman Islands. We get a fascinating examination of the combined and contradictory working of inter-ethnic relations, colonialism, nationalism, and racialized labour that underlies the framing of the Andamans as Mini-India. At once theoretically informed and ethnographically rich, the book illuminates how state policies and the practices of migrant groups—and their silences—produce and negotiate the conditions of domination and subalternity.’
—Gyan Prakash
Dayton-Stockton Professor of History, Princeton University, USA

‘An important and insightful work that sheds much-needed light on the afterlife of a penal colony, and on the emergence of novel formulations of society and identity in modern India.’
—Satadru Sen
Professor of History, The Graduate Centre, City University of New York, USA

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Table of contents


List of Figures and Maps
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Prologue

Introduction

Part I Theory, Methodology, and the Field

1 The Concept of Subalternity: Theoretical and Methodological Implications
2 Doing Fieldwork in the Andamans: Transformations with and within the Field

Part II Islands of Subalternity: Migration, Place-Making, and Politics

3 Subaltern Migrations and the State
4 Mini-India: Nationalism, Politics, and Subaltern Consciousness
5 Manifestations of History
Interlude: Fieldwork, the Subaltern, and the Everyday State

Part III Landscapes of Subalternity: An Ethnography of the Ranchis of Mini-India

6 Uncovering the Silent Other: Colonization, Aboriginal Labour, and the Production of Ranchi-ness
7 The Ranchis of Mini-India: Subaltern Lifeworlds in the Margins of the State
8 The Politics of Voice and Silence: Dialectics of Domination and Autonomy

Conclusion

Glossary
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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