This volume is an exploration of the various forms of bonds and attachments by which individuals in the Himalayan regions of India and Nepal are bound to their groups. To grasp these phenomena adequately, the book proposes a new analytical approach through the concept of belonging.

The book is based on several case studies carried out by anthropologists, historians, and geographers who help bring together rich ethnographical data from different regions of the Himalayas. Organized in three parts, it describes the interactions between local forms of belonging and new forms of classification imposed through national integration or modes of politics.

The book analyzes different societal formations in various historical periods and captures the ongoing change in them. Fundamentally, this collaborative publication is an attempt to go beyond (and beneath) identity constructions and to call into question the idea of permanence implied by the term.

Pathways of Place Relation: Moving Contours of Belonging in Central Nepal

Pathways of Place Relation: Moving Contours of Belonging in Central Nepal

Pathways of place relation: Moving contours of belonging in central Nepal


In its everyday English usage ‘belonging’ can evoke a notion of bonds that stand against the flow of contingent process, and the constant rearrangements of relationships and things swept up in the relentless pace of a changing world. This usage conveys an untroubled stability of association, a self-evident connection of people and place, beyond need for further explication. This kind of an idea is especially suspect in an era characterized by increased global movement and deterritorialization. The grounds and justifications for claims to belonging need to be brought into the open.

This chapter deals with Tamang-speaking villagers of Rasuwa district in Nepal, for whom any ...

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