Title Living with Oil and Coal
Subtitle Resource Politics and Militarization in Northeast India
Author Dolly Kikon
ISBN 9780295743950
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 200
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Washington press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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“Dolly Kikon brings the landscapes, laws, and people of the foothills of Northeast India to life through a fascinating ethnography of households, mining sites, fairs, and markets.”

Duncan McDuie-Ra, author of Borderland City in New India: Frontier to Gateway


“A richly detailed ethnographic study from the vantage point of the hill people that shows how the society, economy, and polity functions are seen [in Northeast India] by the people living there.”

Arupjyoti Saikia, author of Forests and Ecological History of Assam, 1826-2000


The nineteenth-century discovery of oil in the eastern Himalayan foothills, together with the establishment of tea plantations and other extractive industries, continues to have a profound impact on life in the region. In the Indian states of Assam and Nagaland, everyday militarization, violence, and the scramble for natural resources regulate the lives of Naga, Ahom, and Adivasi people, as well as migrants from elsewhere in the region, as they struggle to find peace and work.

Anthropologist Dolly Kikon uses in-depth ethnographic accounts to address the complexity of Northeast India, a region between Southeast Asia and China where boundaries and borders are made, disputed, and maintained. Bringing a fresh and exciting direction to borderland studies, she explores the social bonds established through practices of resource extraction and the tensions these relations generate, focusing on peoples’ love for the landscape and for the state, as well as for family, friends, and neighbors. Living with Oil and Coal illuminates questions of citizenship, social justice, and environmental politics that are shared by communities worldwide.


Foreword by K. Sivaramakrishnan



Chapter 1. Storytellers

Chapter 2. Difficult Loves

Chapter 3. State Loves

Chapter 4. The Haats

Chapter 5. Extractive Relations

Chapter 6. Carbon Fantasies and Aspirations

Chapter 7. Carbon Citizenship

Epilogue. Past, Present, Future




About the Author:

Dolly Kikon is senior lecturer in the Anthropology and Development Studies Program at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Life and Dignity: Women’s Testimonies of Sexual Violence in Dimapur (Nagaland) and Experiences of Naga Women in Armed Conflict: Narratives from a Militarized Society.

Target Audience:

People interested in anthropology, environment and politics.

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