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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.

Geocultural Identities and Belonging in the Ethnohistory of Central Himalaya, Uttarakhand, India
Geocultural identities and belonging in the ethnohistory of central Himalaya, Uttarakhand, India

The geographical area that comprises Uttarakhand extends from the western border of Nepal in the east to the river Tons, a tributary of the Yamuna, in the west; and from the Terai-Bhabhar region in a line from Dehra Dun to Khatima-Tanakpur in Nainital district in the south to the western Tibetan border in the north. It is situated between 28° 44' and 31° 25' north latitude, and 77° 45' and 81° 1' east longitude. For the Hindus, Uttarakhand Himalaya is noted for being the source of their most sacred rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna, and the seat of “the great shrines ...

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