The Politics of Recognition and Redistribution: Development, Tribal Identity Politics and Distributive Justice in India's Jharkhand

Basu, I. 2012. The Politics of Recognition and Redistribution: Development, Tribal Identity Politics and Distributive Justice in India's Jharkhand. Development and Change. 43 (6), pp. 1291-1312. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7660.2012.01803.x

TitleThe Politics of Recognition and Redistribution: Development, Tribal Identity Politics and Distributive Justice in India's Jharkhand
AuthorsBasu, I.
Abstract

This article illustrates how the potential of recognition-based politics to achieve distributive justice is determined by political structures and the power relations that constitute them. In response to Nancy Fraser's framework of social justice, it shows that the meaningful coordination of identity-based claims with distributive justice is constrained — not only by the content of the claims themselves, but also because redistributive demands are subverted through competing pursuits for power and legitimacy between rival political factions. The article describes how the separate-state movement for Jharkhand in Eastern India was de-radicalized by three instruments, namely, the reservation system, cultural nationalism and state development discourse. This explains why distributive measures do not feature prominently in the Jharkhand state and why recognition politics has taken a disciplined form in the electoral mainstream while distributive politics continues to be pursued through violent and extra-parliamentary means.

KeywordsPolitics Recognition Distributive Justice Jharkhand India
JournalDevelopment and Change
Journal citation43 (6), pp. 1291-1312
ISSN0012-155X
Year2012
PublisherBlackwell
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/j.1467-7660.2012.01803.x
Web address (URL)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-7660.2012.01803.x/abstract
Publication dates
Published28 Sep 2012

Related outputs

Elite Discourse Coalitions and the Governance of 'Smart Spaces':Politics, Power and Privilege in India's Smart Cities Mission
Basu, I. 2019. Elite Discourse Coalitions and the Governance of 'Smart Spaces':Politics, Power and Privilege in India's Smart Cities Mission. Political Geography. 68, pp. 77-85. doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2018.11.002

Governance, rights and the demand for democracy: evidence from Bangladesh
Basu, I., Brown, G.K. and Devine, J. 2018. Governance, rights and the demand for democracy: evidence from Bangladesh. in: Basu, I., Devine, J. and Wood, G. (ed.) Politics and Governance in Bangladesh: Uncertain Landscapes London Routledge.

State of Cities: Urban Governance in Dhaka City Report
Basu, I. 2012. State of Cities: Urban Governance in Dhaka City Report. Dhaka, Bangladesh BRAC.

Security and Development: are they two sides of the same coin? Investigating India’s two-pronged policy towards left wing extremism
Basu, I. 2011. Security and Development: are they two sides of the same coin? Investigating India’s two-pronged policy towards left wing extremism . Contemporary South Asia. 19 (4), pp. 373-393. doi:10.1080/09584935.2010.537745

Permalink - https://westminsterresearch.westminster.ac.uk/item/q2775/the-politics-of-recognition-and-redistribution-development-tribal-identity-politics-and-distributive-justice-in-india-s-jharkhand


Share this
Tweet
Email