Contributors. Jason Cons, Rosalind Evans, Nicholas Farrelly, David N. Gellner, Radhika Gupta, Sondra L. Hausner, Annu Jalais, Vibha Joshi, Nayanika Mathur, Deepak K. Mishra, Anastasia Piliavsky, Jeevan R. Sharma, Willem van Schendel
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About the Author
David N. Gellner is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford. He is the editor of Varieties of Activist Experience: Civil Society in South Asia and Ethnic Activism and Civil Society in South Asia and coeditor (with Krishna Hachhethu) of Local Democracy in South Asia: Microprocesses of Democratization in Nepal and Its Neighbours.
Table of ContentsPreface vii
Introduction. Northern South Asia's Diverse Borders, from Kachchh to Mizoram / David N. Gellner 1
1. Borders without Borderlands: On the Social Reproduction of State Demarcation in Rajasthan / Anastasia Piliavsky 24
2. Allegiance and Alienation: Border Dynamics in Kargil / Radhika Gupta 47
3. Naturalizing the Himalaya-as-Border in Uttarakhand / Nayanika Mathur 72
4. On the Way to India: Nepali Rituals of Border Crossing / Sondra L. Hausner and Jeevan R. Sharma 94
5. The Perils of Being a Borderland People: On the Lhotshampas of Bhutan / Rosalind Evans 117
6. Developing the Border: The State and the Political Economy of Development in Arunachal Pradesh / Deepak K. Mishra 141
7. The Micropolitics of Borders: The Issue of Greater Nagaland (or Nagalim) / Vibha Joshi 163
8. Nodes of Control in a South(east) Asian Borderland / Nicholas Farrelly 194
9. Histories of Belonging(s): Narrating Territory, Possession, and Dispossession at the India-Bangladesh Border / Jason Cons 214
10. Geographies and Identities: Subaltern Partition Stories along Bengal's Southern Frontier / Annu Jalais 245
Afterword. Making the Most of "Sensitive" Borders / Willem van Schendel 266
What People are Saying About This
"The ubiquity of borders makes them key sites for comparative social research. . . . If there is one thing that the contributions to this book demonstrate, it is that borders vary locally in terms of regulatory regimes, symbolic significance, permeability, social advantage, and change over time. . . . Until recently . . . social scientists showed very little interest in studying [the borders of Northern South Asia]—let alone in studying them comparatively. As this book shows, that neglect is now a thing of the past."
"How better to transcend received wisdom about boundaries than by examining the tangled, puzzling, and mind-boggling variety of the 'frayed borders' between South Asia and its northern periphery? Originality, conceptual daring, and penetrating ethnographies undergird both the idea behind this volume and its execution. Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia marks a new stage in the scholarly literature on borders, puts the nation-state in its (modest) place, and will serve as an inspiring and reflective point of intellectual departure for the field."
"Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia is an excellent collection of essays. It not only provides new empirical detail for comparative studies of borderlands globally, but also contributes to South Asian studies broadly conceived, to Indian border studies, and to local social, cultural, and political histories of all the constituent border regions of Northern South Asia."