Anticipating Future Capital: Regional Caste Contestations, Speculation and Silent Dispossession in Andhra Pradesh

Roohi, Sanam (2020) Anticipating Future Capital: Regional Caste Contestations, Speculation and Silent Dispossession in Andhra Pradesh. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 50 (5). pp. 723-742.

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Abstract: In 2014, the state of Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated by the Indian government, leaving the truncated state without a capital city. A period of political uncertainty before bifurcation and the announcement of the new capital city created possibilities for land speculation and for the acceleration of the commodification of real estate in different parts of the state. Concentrating on Guntur-Vijayawada in the Coastal Andhra region and Donakonda town close to the Rayalaseema region, this article explores how speculative investments based on political calculations by members of regional elite castes translated into the emergence of competing regional investment zones as possible future choices of the capital city. Through an extended and largely ethnographic study, this article shows how caste politics and regional processes of land speculation led to land transfers without violent struggles between different groups. Rather, the cultural politics of regional differentiation and the economy of anticipation allowed a pragmatic convergence of interests to emerge, where acquisition of agricultural land was followed by silent dispossession.
Item Type: Article
Keywords: Andhra Pradesh, accumulation, Amaravati, anticipation, dispossession, speculation
Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Sociology
Programmes > Provincial Globalisation Programme
Doctoral Programme > PhD Scholar Publications
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2021 16:45
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2021 16:45
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/004723...
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    Funders: Science for Global Development Programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
    Projects: Provincial Globalisation Programme
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00472336.2020.1725598
    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/2094

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