Trans-Himalayan Borderlands

Livelihoods, Territorialities, Modernities

Edited by Dan Smyer Yü and Jean Michaud

Trans-Himalayan Borderlands

Edited by Dan Smyer Yü and Jean Michaud

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

378 pages | 30 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9789462981928 Published January 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
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 modernization 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 emphasizes the importance of place.
 
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Trans-Himalayan as Multistate Margins
Dan Smyer Yü
I Territory, Worldviews, and Power through Time
1 Adjusting Livelihood Structure in the Southeast Asian Massif
Jean Michaud
2 The Properties of Territory in Nepal’s State of Transformation
Sara Shneiderman
3 Trans-Himalayan Buddhist Secularities
Sino-Indian Geopolitics of Territoriality in Indo-Tibetan Interface
Dan Smyer Yü
4 Buddhist Books on Trans-Himalayan Pathways
Materials and Technologies Connecting People and Ecological Environments in a Transnational Landscape
Hildegard Diemberger
5 Seeking China’s Back Door
On English Handkerchiefs and Global Local markets in the Early Nineteenth Century
Gunnel Cederlöf
II Livelihood Reconstructions, Flows, and Trans-Himalayan Modernities
6 Contested Modernities
Place, Subjectivity, and Himalayan Dam Infrastructures
Georgina Drew
7 Plurality and Plasticity of Everyday Humanitarianism in the Karen Conflict
Alexander Horstmann
8 Being Modern
Livelihood Reconstruction among Land-lost Peasants in Chenggong (Kunming)
Yang Cheng
9 Tibetan Wine Production, Taste of Place, and Regional Niche Identities in Shangri-La, China
Brendan A. Galipeau
10 Tea and Merit
Landscape Making in the Ritual Lives of the De’ang People in Western Yunnan
Li Quanmin
11 In-between Poppy and Rubber Fields
Experimenting a Transborder Livelihood among the Akha in the Northwestern Frontier Laos
Li Yunxia
12 A Fortuitous Frontier Opportunity
Cardamom Livelihoods in the Sino-Vietnamese Borderlands
Sarah Turner
Conclusion
Frictions in Trans-Himalayan Studies
Jean Michaud
Index
 
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