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Displaced by Development: Confronting Marginalization and Gender Injustice. Edited by Lyla Mehta.

Displaced by Development: Confronting Marginalization and Gender Injustice. Edited by Lyla Mehta.

Abstract

Journal of Refugee Studies Vol. 22, No. 4 ß The Author [2009]. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org BOOK REVIEWS Displaced by Development: Confronting Marginalization and Gender Injustice. Edited by Lyla Mehta. New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2009, xliii þ 309pp. US$50.00. ISBN: 9788178299006. Readers will be aware of the widely variable outcomes of refugee displacement. But what of those intentionally relocated in the name of development? Contributors here choose a specific frame to provide some answers: the gendered discourse, practice and consequences of development induced migration, resettlement and rehabilitation in India. Few other countries have had so many displaced by development: minimally 21 million people due to large scale infrastructure and industrial projects alone. Already the focus of activist effort and research a generation ago, for no other locale is there a richer body of relevant research or a tighter wedding of research to activism. Lyla Mehta and ten of her contributors are scholar-activists. As Mehta (p. xxvi) notes, their well-grounded scholarly contributions constitute a ‘significant attempt to apply gender analysis to development-induced displacement and resettlement’. These are complemented by chapters by activists: Rebbapragada and Kalluri (Chapter 11) on tribal peoples
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