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Modern Ladakh

Anthropological Perspectives on Continuity and Change


Editeur - Casa editrice

Brill Academic Publishers

  Asia
India
Ladakh

Anno - Date de Parution

2008

Pagine - Pages

314

Titolo originale

Modern Ladakh: Anthropological Perspectives on Continuity and Change

Lingua - language - langue

emg

Edizione - Collana

Brill's Tibetan Studies Library

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Modern Ladakh: Anthropological Perspectives on Continuity and Change

Modern Ladakh  

The modern history of Ladakh has been profoundly shaped by influences from South Asia and beyond. In detailed empirical case-studies the contributors document and analyse change and continuities in this region brought about by colonialism, independence and modernisation. In an introductory review essay highlighting emerging themes and continuing debates in the scholarship on Ladakh, the editors argue for the need to situate Ladakh in an Indian and South Asian context, while also taking into account its cultural, linguistic and historical ties with Tibet. Studies from the neighbouring (sub)regions of Kargil, Ladakh, Zangskar and Baltistan are brought together to make an important contribution to the anthropological and sociological literature on development and modernity, as well as to Ladakh, Tibetan and South Asian studies.

Martijn van Beek, Ph.D. (1996) in Development Sociology, Cornell University, is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Aarhus. He has published widely on development, politics and Buddhist-Muslim relations in Ladakh, and is a former editor of Ladakh Studies.

Fernanda Pirie, D.Phil. (2002) in Anthropology, University of Oxford, is a University Lecturer in socio-legal studies at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Peace and Conflict in Ladakh (Brill, 2007).

 



Recensione in lingua italiana

List of Illustrations ix
Introduction 1
Martijn van Beek and Fernanda Pirie

Visions of Ladakh: Nicola Grist, 19 April 1957-26 August 2004 29
Sophie Day

I. HISTORICAL TRENDS
Corvée transport labour in 19th and early 20th century Ladakh: a study in continuity and change
43
John Bray

Carpet weaving in Ladakh and the influence of Sonam Palj or
67
Monisha Ahmed

II. REGIONAL IDENTITIES
Urbanisation in Kargil and its effects in the Suru valley
79
Nicola Grist

Distant neighbours either side of the Omasi La: the Zanskarpa and the Bod communities of Paldar
101
Isabelle Riaboff

III. RITUAL
Calculs pour l'ouverture de la bouche de la terre: étude du temps, géomancie et art divinatoire au Ladakh
119
Pascale Dollfus

Small shoes and painted faces: possession states and embodiment in Buddhist Ladakh
139
Martin A. Mills

Reformulating ingredients: outlines of a contemporary ritual for the consecration of medicines in Ladakh
153
Laurent Pordié

Dancing in the face of death: Losar celebrations in Photoksar
175
Fernanda Pirie

IV KINSHIP AND GENDER
Groupes d'unifiliation, parenté et société à maison au Ladakh (le phaspun)
197
Patrick Kaplanian

Women's narrative life histories: implications for maternal and child health in Ladakh
229
Nancy P. Chin, Tim Dye and Richard Lee

V AGRICULTURE
Land use, land administration and land rights in Shigar, Baltistan
243
Matthias Schmidt

The introduction of modern chemical fertiliser to the Zangskar valley, Ladakh, and its effects on agricultural productivity, soil quality and Zangskari society
267
J. Seb Mankelow

Changing currents: an ethnography of the traditional irrigation practices of Leh town
281
Sunandan Tiwari and Radhika Gupta

List of Contributors 301
Index 305