Introduction: Urgent Anthropology

  • Smita Yadav


Yadav introduces how the Gonds are caught up in the battle between the Human and Tiger in Panna and how that currently shapes their livelihood options. She focuses on postcolonial institutions of governance, market, economy, and forests in the village and compares the experience of the Gonds, the works of other scholars who have worked on displacement and resettlement of tribal populations due to forest conservation policies. She also introduces the current debates on universal basic income in India for cash transfer in the context of conservation based evictions of Gonds from the forest and how India compares with other countries like Scandinavia such as in Norway, drawing upon Ferguson (2015), where communities are compensated through cash transfers due to commodification of the Norway’s natural resources. She also in detail describes her experiences of doing fieldwork in a conservative Hindu and patriarchal society and her efforts on establishing a trustful relation with the Gonds. She concludes the book by suggesting that the case of the precarious lives of the Gonds should be treated not as being passive but as an active form of anarchy against the state.


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  • Smita Yadav
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  1. 1.University of BrightonBrightonUK
  2. 2.University of SussexBrightonUK

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