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Highways and Hierarchies

Ethnographies of Mobility from the Himalaya to the Indian Ocean

9789463723046
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Amsterdam University Press
Overview
1. There has not been a regional comparative and long-term ethnographic study of roads on this scale, in South Asia or elsewhere. 2. Through its analysis of roads, the book offers an insight into social, economic, and political change across the most important and global future-shaping region of the world. 3. Reflecting the composite parts of bigger, entangled infrastructure development projects that inspired this research, the chapters within generate a comparative conversation that makes the volume greater than the sum of its individual parts.
Author Bio
Luke Heslop is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Brunel University and a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He specialises in trade, labour, and mercantile kinship in South Asia, and infrastructure and connectivity in the Indian Ocean. Galen Murton is Assistant Professor of Geographic Science at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia USA. His work is primarily concerned with the politics of large-scale infrastructure development throughout the Himalayas and especially in the borderlands of Nepal, India, and Tibetan regions of China.