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Shorelines: Space and Rights in South India

Ajantha Subramanian


After a clerical sanction prohibited them from fishing for a week, a group of Catholic fishers from a village on India's southwestern coast took their church to court. They called on the state to recognize them as custodians of the local sea, protect their right to regulate trawling, and reject the church's intermediary role. This book argues that their struggle requires a rethinking of Indian democracy, citizenship, and environmentalism. Rather than see these fishers as non-moderns inhabiting a bounded cultural world, or as moderns wholly captured by the logic of state power, it illustrates h ... More

Keywords: space, rights, South India, fishing, fishers, Indian democracy, citizenship, environmentalism, caste, regionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804761468
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804761468.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ajantha Subramanian, author