Beyond Lines of Control: Performance and Politics on the Disputed Borders of Ladakh, India (Paperback)Ravina Aggarwal (author)
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Aggarwal brings the insights of performance studies and the growing field of the anthropology of international borders to bear on her extensive fieldwork in Ladakh. She examines how social and religious boundaries are created on the Ladakhi frontier, how they are influenced by directives of the nation-state, and how they are shaped into political struggles for regional control that are legitimized through discourses of religious purity, patriotism, and development. She demonstrates in lively detail the ways that these struggles are enacted in particular cultural performances such as national holidays, festivals, rites of passage ceremonies, films, and archery games. By placing cultural performances and political movements in Ladakh center stage, Aggarwal rewrites the standard plot of nation and border along the Line of Control.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 449 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 21 mm
"Beyond Lines of Control is an informative book about a region that is understudied in both anthropology and area studies. By moving back and forth between the everyday and the extraordinary, the mundane and the memorialized, Ravina Aggarwal asks us to reflect on the politics of memory for a region that sees itself as forgotten and liminal in the history of the Indian nation-state."-Kamala Visweswaran, author of Fictions of Feminist Ethnography