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STEPS Working Papers 99

The Social Life of Mangroves: Resource Complexes and Contestations on the Industrial Coastline of Kutch, India

Published on 23 October 2017

In the last few decades, mangroves have attained significant environmental, climatic and therefore economic importance.

As environmental assets, they have given rise to different regimes of conservation, valuation and marketisation in various parts of the world. These processes are associated with new relations of power, dispossession and contestation. This paper unpacks these relationships in the context of state and market led conservation programmes in Kutch (India), a district which has been at the forefront of accelerated industrialisation in Gujarat.

By analysing the discourses and practices that have shaped the social life of mangroves in Kutch, we argue that the interaction of industrialisation processes with conservation measures has not only led to privatisation of mangrove lands but has also fundamentally altered the livelihoods as well as well-being and identities of mangrove dependent communities such as fishers and pastoralists. Largely these trends have intensified the processes of uneven capitalist growth, dispossession and inequality, but have also opened up some opportunities and spaces for promoting transformational change.

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Srivastava, S. and Mehta, L. (2017) The Social Life of Mangroves: Resource Complexes and Contestations on the Industrial Coastline of Kutch, India, STEPS Working Paper 99, Brighton: STEPS Centre

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Image of Lyla Mehta
Lyla Mehta

Professorial Fellow

Image of Shilpi Srivastava
Shilpi Srivastava

Research Fellow

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published by
STEPS Centre
authors
Srivastava, S., Mehta, L.
journal
STEPS Working Papers, issue 99
isbn
978-1-78118-394-6
language
English

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Inclusive Economies

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