Rita Brara

in Shifting Landscapes

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195673012
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081813 | DOI:

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This chapter reviews the theme of the making and remaking of village commons and reflects upon the commons as socially and ecologically variegated spaces that co-exist alongside private property. The debates in the village public sphere both connected and disconnected with the discourses of the state are explored. There were signs of a re-centring of the social margins in the course of daily struggles that entailed the use of the resources of the commons. The practice of animal husbandry within the village depended on territorially determined village common pastures that were administered by non-state village committees and distinguished from the formal, statutory village councils. The contexts of villagers, villages, and village commons indicated that the course of human lives and livelihoods generates objects and constructions, practices and discourses, that are instituted, contested, and transformed both within the intellectual realm and life-orders.

Keywords: village commons; private property; villagers; villages; animal husbandry; pastures

Chapter.  8113 words. 

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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