Development, Marginality, and ‘Contested Space’ in South India

  • Salah Punathil


This chapter is about the disenchantment of development in the coastal villages of the Kerala state in South India. The essay foregrounds the political ecology approach and spatial dynamics in understanding the disenchantment of development in marginal spaces. It highlights how the everyday manifestation of political ecology rooted in the developmental interventions of the state leads to everyday struggles in the social life of the poor. The essay also demonstrates that the attention to micro context would yield a more nuanced understanding of the crisis of development in contemporary time. The idea of ‘contested space’ can be a useful ploy to understand the everyday manifestation of the disenchantment of development in comparative contexts.


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  • Salah Punathil
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  1. 1.Centre for Regional StudiesUniversity of HyderabadHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.Post Dcotoral Fellow at Max Plack Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic DiversityGottingenGermany

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