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Trans-Himalayan Borderlands

Livelihoods, Territorialities, Modernities

Dan Smyer Yu Jean Michaud Willem van Schendel Tina Harris Gunnel Cederlöf Georgina Drew Hildegard Diemberger Brendan Galipeau Alexander Horstmann Alexander Horstmann

310 pages
Amsterdam University Press
The societies in the Himalayan borderlands have undergone wide-ranging transformations, as the territorial reconfiguration of modern nation-states since the mid-twentieth century and the presently increasing trans-Himalayan movements of people, goods and capital, reshape the livelihoods of communities, pulling them into global trends of modernisation and regional discourses of national belonging. This book explores the changes to native senses of place, the conception of border - simultaneously as limitations and opportunities - and what the authors call "affective boundaries," "livelihood reconstruction," and "trans-Himalayan modernities." It addresses changing social, political, and environmental conditions that acknowledge growing external connectivity even as it emphasises the importance of place.
Author Bio
Dan Smyer Yü, Professor and Director of Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies at Yunnan Minzu University, is the author of The Spread of Tibetan Buddhism in China: Charisma, Money, Enlightenment (Routledge 2011) and Mindscaping the Landscape of Tibet: Place, Memorability, Eco-aesthetics (De Gruyter 2015), and co-editor of Religion and Ecological Sustainability in China (Routledge 2014). Jean Michaud , Professor of Social Anthropology at Université Laval, Canada. Is the author of 'Incidental' Ethnographers. French Catholic Missions on the Tonkin-Yunnan Frontier, 1880-1930 (Brill 2007), Historical Dictionary of the Peoples of the Southeast Asian Massif (Scarecrow 2006, 2nd edition in progress); co-authored Frontier Livelihoods: Hmong in the Sino-Vietnamese Borderlands (U. of Washington Press 2015); co-edited Moving Mountains: Ethnicity and Livelihoods in Highland China, Vietnam and Laos (UBC Press 2011) and Hmong/Miao in Asia (Silkworm 2004). Willem van Schendel, Professor of History, University of Amsterdam and International Institute of Social History, the Netherlands. He works with the history, anthropology and sociology of Asia. Recent works include A History of Bangladesh (2020), Embedding Agricultural Commodities (2017, ed.), The Camera as Witness (2015, with J. L. K. Pachuau). See uva.academia.edu/WillemVanSchendel.