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Kashmir as a Borderland

The Politics of Space and Belonging across the Line of Control

Antía Mato Bouzas Willem van Schendel Tina Harris

206 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Kashmir as a Borderland: The Politics of Space and Belonging across the Line of Control examines the Kashmir dispute from both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and within the theoretical frame of border studies. It draws on the experiences of those living in these territories such as divided families, traders, cultural and social activists. Kashmir is a borderland, that is, a context for spatial transformations, where the resulting interactions can be read as a process of ‘becoming’ rather than of ‘being’. The analysis of this borderland shows how the conflict is manifested in territory, in specific locations with a geopolitical meaning, evidencing the discrepancy between ‘representation’ and the ‘living’. The author puts forward the concept of belonging as a useful category for investigating more inclusive political spaces.
Author Bio
Dr. Antía Mato Bouzas is a researcher at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. Her research focus is on the politics of the South Asian region, with an interest on borders and citizenship. She currently works on a project funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation) on migration from north-eastern Pakistan to the Gulf. Willem van Schendel (Em. Professor of Modern Asian Studies, University of Amsterdam. His recent books include: A History of Bangladesh (Cambridge University Press, 2020); Embedding Agricultural Commodities: Using Historical Evidence, 1840s–1940s (ed., London and New York: Routledge, 2017); The Camera as Witness: A Social History of Mizoram, Northeast India (Cambridge University Press 2015, with Joy L.K. Pachuau).