ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Citizenship at Sea

Environmental Displacement and State Relations in the Indian Sundarbans

Coastal erosions in the Sundarbans have not only dismantled infrastructure and place-based relations, but also adversely affected citizen’s abilities to make claims on the state and to translate these claims into desired outcomes, effecting a “corrosion of citizenship at the margins” which entails waning influence on bureaucratic decisions and, concomitantly, the fading of citizenship rights in practice.

Earlier versions of this paper have been presented at the Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change conference, 2016 in London and at the University of Leipzig, Germany. The author is indebted to audiences at both venues, to the anonymous reviewer for helping her clarify the argument, and Carrie Hempel for straightening out the language.

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Updated On : 18th Aug, 2017
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