Theorising and contextualising land and power structure of char-chapari

  • Priyanku Hazarika


This paper attempts to analyse different theoretical or epistemological dimensions of the relation between land and power in char-chaparies of Assam. Topographical and geographical specificities of both char and chapari compel different researchers to look into its power structure in a different theoretical framework. Fluidity and temporary nature of land create a major hindrance towards application of ideas like class, domination and hegemony in case of the char-chaparies of Assam. Therefore, at attempt is made to examine and revisit existing theories of power in case of the land relation of char-chaparies of Assam. How temporary and fluid nature of land make the dwellers of char-chapari vulnerable to eviction and how these vulnerabilities can be examined in light of the concept of both “civil and political” society are key aspects of this study. An attempt is made to understand the relation between land and power structure in light of the works of Marx, weber, Gramsci and Partha chatterjee.