The Indian Ocean world is one that is connected not just by its oceans but by a number of transboundary, transoceanic entities. These might be termed ‘resources’, but are equally seen as circulating, accumulating, shared or migrating objects, animals, living and non-living beings. The term resources is usually reserved for things that appear to have value for humans. Acknowledging this, we see these resources first as constructions of meanings around objects and further, as being dependent on its relation with other objects and phenomena. For instance, coastal beach sand becomes a resource in relation to its absence (and demand) in other places, its perceived function for coastal livelihoods and protection from natural disasters.
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