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- DescriptionSince the British colonial period anthropology has been central to policy in India. But today, while the Indian state continues to use ethgraphy to govern, those who were the objects of study are harnessing disciplinary kwledge to redefine their communities, achieve greater prosperity, and secure political rights.In this groundbreaking study, Townsend Middleton tracks these newfound lives of anthropology. Offering simultaneous ethgraphies of the people of Darjeeling's quest for tribal status and the government anthropologists handling their claims, Middleton exposes how mirities are-and are t-recognized for affirmative action and automy. We encounter communities putting on elaborate spectacles of sacrifice, exorcism, bows and arrows, and blood drinking to prove their primitiveness and backwardness. Conversely, we see government anthropologists struggle for the ethgraphic truth as communities increasingly turn academic paradigms back upon the state.The Demands of Recognition offers a compelling look at the escalating politics of tribal recognition in India. At once ethgraphic and historical, it chronicles how multicultural governance has motivated the people of Darjeeling to ethlogically redefine themselves-from Gorkha to tribal and back. But as these communities w kw, t all forms of difference are legible in the eyes of the state. The Gorkhas' search for recognition has only amplified these communities' anxieties about who they are-and who they must be-if they are to attain the rights, automy, and belonging they desire.
- Author BiographyTownsend Middleton is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Author(s)Townsend Middleton
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication13/10/2015
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleSouth Asia in Motion
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight544 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine20 mm
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