Using both ethnographic and survey data, this article explores the complex ways in which camp-dwellers on the margins of settled communities in Rajasthan, India, have interacted with state agents, services and systems of knowledge in a manner that articulates their limited but nonetheless significant agency. I explore three arenas through which the state’s presence is felt in the lives of these marginalized people: access to land, to health services and to public schooling. I argue that marginalized people are not merely the victims of centrist powers but exhibit a resourcefulness and flexibility that redefines group boundaries and the impact of state policies on their lives.
|Number of pages||33|
|Journal||Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford|
|State||Published - 2012|