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

by Joanna Pfaff-Czamecka & Gerard Toffin SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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This volume is an exploration of the various forms of bonds and attachments by which individuals in the Himalayan regions of India and Nepal are bound to their groups. 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, 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 imposed through national integration or modes of politics. The book analyses different 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.

Introduction: Belonging and Multiple Attachments in Contemporary Himalayan Societies - Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka and Gérard Toffin
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 and lsquo;belongingness and rsquo;. 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 and hellip;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. Development Alternatives
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 aThe (Micro) Politics of Democratisation: EuropeanaSouth-Asian Exchanges on Governance, Conflict and Civil Actiona 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); The Ethnicisation of the Political: Identity Politics in Latin America, Asia and in USA (with C. BA¼schges) (2007). GA©rard Toffin is a social anthropologist and a member of the Himalayan Centre, CNRS, at Villejuif, France, where he was the director between 1985 and 1996. He has carried out extensive fieldwork among the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley and among the Tamangs of the Ganesh Himal range. His research currently focuses on a Krishnaite sect found both in Nepal and India (particularly Gujarat and North Bengal), the Hindu city odel in South Asia, the construction of democracy in Nepal, and the anthropology of theatre. He is author of Pyangaon, une communautA© nA©war de la vallA©e de Kathmandou: La vie matA©rielle (1977); SociA©tA© et religion chez les NA©war du NA©pal (1984); Le Palais et le temple. La fonction royale dans laancienne vallA©e du NA©pal (1993); Les tambours de Katmandou (1996); Ethnologie. La quAªt de laautre (2005); Entre hindouisme et bouddhisme: la religion nA©war (2000); Newar Society: City, Village and Periphery (2007). His edited volumes include: Man and His House in the Himalayas (1991); Nepal, Past and Present (1993).