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Nomadic Peoples;23:2

Pastoralists Without Pasture: Water Scarcity, Marketisation and Resource Enclosures In Kutch, India

Published on 1 September 2019

Scarcity and uncertainty loom large over the landscape of Kutch, an arid to semi-arid district in western India, where pastoralism has been practised for generations.

Despite its clear potential to tackle the dryland dynamics, the tradition of pastoralism in Kutch has been systematically denigrated and marginalised in the district over the years. Drawing on research conducted in eastern Kutch, and along the coast, this article shows how pastoralist communities have been displaced from a range of vital hydric resources – such as mangroves and water sources – in the name of development and conservation. Together, these have accelerated processes of dispossession and exacerbated both ‘old’ and ‘new’ resource scarcities.

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Mehta, L. and Srivastava, S. (2019) 'Pastoralists Without Pasture: Water Scarcity, Marketisation and Resource Enclosures In Kutch, India', Nomadic Peoples 23.2:195-217, doi: 10.3197/np.2019.230203

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Image of Lyla Mehta
Lyla Mehta

Professorial Fellow

Image of Shilpi Srivastava
Shilpi Srivastava

Research Fellow

Publication details

journal
Nomadic People, volume 23, issue 2
doi
10.3197/np.2019.230203
language
English

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Research themes
Sustainability
Region
India

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