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Forced from the Forest: Mobile Indigenous Peoples, Gender Equality and the Forest Rights Act

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Forced from the Forest

Mobile Indigenous Peoples, Gender Equality and the Forest Rights Act

Indrani Sigamany

260 pages, 22 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-714-9 $149.00/£110.00 Hb Not Yet Published (May 2020)

eISBN 978-1-78920-715-6 eBook Not Yet Published

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“An excellent study of the way that law and justice are not synonymous when it comes to mobile indigenous peoples’ access to rights.” • Dawn Chatty, University of Oxford

“The book constitutes a rich and original contribution to the scholarship. It focuses on a very interesting and topical issue… offers an excellent gender-based analysis which is often lacking in the existing literature.” • Jérémie Gilbert, University of Roehampton


Access to justice remains uneven and sometimes elusive for indigenous peoples displaced from ancestral lands. While the Forest Rights Act of India enhanced land security for forest peoples, justice is subverted by several factors: a legal chronology of land expropriation from colonial occupation, contemporary extractive neoliberal policies, and unjust governance. Gender inequalities and legal violations further marginalize indigenous peoples, compounding their forced migration. Nevertheless, the Forest Rights Act also revolutionized the potential to challenge displacement and support indigenous empowerment. This research establishes a new analytical framework contextualizing control of indigenous forest land rights through access to justice.

Indrani Sigamany is a Research Consultant working in social justice and poverty alleviation. Her publications include Land Rights and Neoliberalism: An Irreconcilable Conflict for Indigenous Peoples in India? (2017, Cambridge University Press) and Destroying a Way of Life: The Forest Rights Act of India and Land Dispossession of Indigenous Peoples (2015, Routledge).

Subject: General Mobility Studies Development Studies Political Economy
Area: Asia


List of Figures

Introduction: “When the Camel Grows Horns”

Chapter 1. ‘Access to Justice’: An Analytical Review of Literature
Chapter 2. Legal Mechanisms for Indigenous Peoples and the Forest Rights Act of India
Chapter 3. A Critical Examination of Forest Rights Legislation, Indigenous Access to Justice, and Land Expropriation
Chapter 4. Gender Resilience and Deconstructing Inequality
Chapter 5. Livelihoods and Forest Rights - The Struggle for Self-Determination

Conclusion: The Unevenness of Access to Justice


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