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.
|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|