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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.46

Land conflict, space of commons and a marginalised community: Case of Dongria Kond



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Contestation and conflict over natural resources reflect on the competing needs of two or more groups. The one resistant to and the other accommodative of changes. These movements not only depict the processes involved in attempting to disconnect nature and society, but also, the ability of the resisting groups. In this paper I will examine one such resisting group the Dongria Kond, a tribal group which stood against a planned bauxite mine in Odisha, India. This paper will be built from the secondary sources. Drawing form secondary sources the nature of the movement will be described and efforts of this marginalised, but an empowered community which negotiated its common lived experiences with others outside this space will be highlighted. Further, the paper will trace how contestation over sacred spaces led to the creation of a space of commons among members of Dongria Kond. This paper will contribute to the debates on land conflicts in relation to common studies.