Perspectives on Commons' Encroachment

Rita Brara

in Shifting Landscapes

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195673012
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081813 | DOI:
Perspectives on Commons' Encroachment

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This chapter addresses ‘encroachment’ with regard to village commons from diverse perspectives within and outside the frame of the village. It reconstructs the processes of classifying and codifying pasture-land during the land settlement proceedings of Lachhmangarh, bringing out the politics of land classification. It recounts the dilemmas of reporting trespass or encroachment on grazing lands as put forward by the local-level land accountants. The chapter traces the distinctive trajectories of how grazing lands were demarcated in the official land records and privatized or retained as village commons in two villages chosen for intensive study. It draws attention to the perspectival meanings of encroachment upon village commons and to the ongoing, competing social representations and practices that remake the commons as material and social objects.

Keywords: encroachment; village commons; perspectives; Lachhmangarh; trespass; grazing land

Chapter.  13736 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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