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The Politics of Belonging in the Himalayas

The Politics of Belonging in the Himalayas
Local Attachments and Boundary Dynamics

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April 2011 | 384 pages | SAGE India
The Politics of Belonging in the Himalayas is an exploration of the various forms of bonds and attachments by which individuals are bounded to their collectivities and localities in the Himalayan regions of India and Nepal. To grasp these phenomena adequately, the book proposes a new analytical approach through the concept of belonging.

The book is based on several case studies carried out by anthropologists, political science scholars, historians, and geographers who help bring together rich ethnographical data from different regions of the Himalayas. Organized in three parts, it describes the interactions between local forms of belonging and new forms of classification and governance imposed through national integration and transnational modes of politics.

The book analyses different types of societal formations in various historical periods and captures the ongoing change in them. Fundamentally, this collaborative publication is an attempt to go beyond (and beneath) identity constructions and to call into question the idea of permanence implied by the term.
Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka and Gérard Toffin
Introduction: Belonging and Multiple Attachments in Contemporary Himalayan Societies
Hamro Gaon: Practices of Belonging in Rural Nepal

Anne de Sales
Fluid Belonging

Gisèle Krauskopff
Belonging, Indigeneity, Rites, and Rights: The Newar Case

David N Gellner
Belonging to the Borders: Uncertain Identities in Northeast India

Philippe Ramirez
Politics of Belonging: Identity and State-Formation in Nagaland

Sanjay Kumar Pandey
To Whom does the Pashupatinath Temple of Nepal Belong?

Axel Michaels
Brotherhood and Divine Bonding in the Krishna Pranami Sect

Gérard Toffin
Religion, Rituals, and Symbols of Belonging: The Case of Uttarakhand

William Sax
The Politics of Encounter: Hindu Belonging in a Multi-faith Pilgrimage Site in Nepal

Jessamine Dana
Emergent Nationalism, Citizenship, and Belonging among Nepalis in Banaras: The Case of Kashi Bahadur Shrestha

Martin Gaenszle
Pathways of Place Relation: Moving Contours of Belonging in Central Nepal

Ben Campbell
Belonging, Protected Areas, and Participatory Management: The Case of Kaziranga National Park (Assam) and of the Misings' Shifting Territory

Joëlle Smadja
Geocultural Identities and Belonging in the Ethnohistory of Central Himalaya and Uttarakhand, India

Maheshwar P Joshi
Trials, Witnesses, and Local Stakes in a District Court of Himachal Pradesh

Daniela Berti

Packed with interesting case stories from across the Himalayas, the rich discourse offers interesting insights on addressing emerging conflicts by applying the idea of ‘belongingness’. The Politics of Belonging in the Himalayas is an academic treatise.

The book explores various forms of bonds and attachments by which individuals in Himalayan region of India and Nepal are bound to their groups…The book, which is a part of series on Governance, Conflict, and Civil Action, explores various societal formations throughout history and captures the ongoing changes within them. This collaborative publication goes beyond and beneath, identity constructions and calls into question the idea of permanence implied by the term.

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Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka

Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University, Germany. She was coordinator of the EU-Asia-Link Project ‘The (Micro) Politics of Democratisation: European–South-Asian Exchanges on Governance, Conflict and Civil Action’ with Tribhuban University Kathmandu (CNAS), University of Colombo (IMPAP), and Oxford University (ISCA), as project partners. Her major book publications include Ethnic Futures: State and Identity in Four Asian Countries (with A. Nandy, D. Rajasingham-Senanayke, and T. Gomez) (1999); Nationalism and Ethnicity in Nepal (co-editors: D. Gellner/J.Whelpton) (2008);... More About Author

Gerard Toffin

Gérard Toffin is Director of Research at National Center for Scientific Research in France. In 1985, he created the CNRS team ‘Centre for Himalayan Studies’, where he was director until 1995. He has been carrying out research in Nepal since 1970 when he first came to Nepal to work as Cultural Attaché at the French Embassy. In addition to his own research on the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley, the Paharis, the Tamangs of western Nepal, the Parbatiya culture of the districts of Gulmi and Argha Khanchi in mid-western Nepal, and the Pranami sect in India and Nepal, he has directed, edited, and taken part in various anthropological research and... More About Author

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