Contested Coastlines

Fisherfolk, Nations and Borders in South Asia

By Charu Gupta, Mukul Sharma

© 2008 – Routledge India

228 pages

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Hardback: 9780415449052
pub: 2007-09-01
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About the Book

This book is about the tragic journeys and livelihood insecurities of coastal fisherfolk jailed by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for having entered each other’s territorial waters. While reflecting on national anxieties and the deleterious politics of boundaries, it reveals how these fisherfolk create alternative maps and a new world of ‘debordering’.

These fishworkers and coastal conflicts have been subjects of everyday news, but never a subject of serious study. A first of its kind, the present book breaks new ground by examining the journeys of these fisherfolk and coastal conflicts in South Asia from several overlapping but distinct perspectives: declining sea resources, security and border anxieties, suffering of the fisherfolk, their ambiguous identities and transnational movements. The book is also innovative in terms of methodology: it is fisherfolk-centric as it marginalizes the concerns of the state from the perspective of security; it questions the very basis of security and argues for a shift in its perspective.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Beyond Borders: The Indian Ocean Region in South Asia 3. Fisherfolk as ‘Prisoners of War’: India and Pakistan 4. The Killing Waters: India and Sri Lanka 5. Ironies of Identities: India and Bangladesh 6. ‘Unruly’ Fisherfolk in the Eyes of Law 7. Conclusion. Notes and References. Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS068000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
POL026000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Regional Planning
SOC002000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General