OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Dancing to the State: The Ethnic Compulsions of the Tangsa in Assam

ISBN : 9780199472598

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¥6,754
著者: 
Meenaxi Barkataki-Ruscheweyh
ページ
384 ページ
フォーマット
Hardcover
サイズ
138 x 216 mm
刊行日
2017年06月
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Can small indigenous communities survive, as distinct cultural entities, in northeast India, an area of mindboggling ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity? What are the choices such communities have, and what are some of the strategies such communities use to resist marginalisation? In recent years, many such small groups are participating in large state sponsored ethnic festivals, and organising their own community festivals. But are these signs of their increasing agency or simply proof of their continued marginalisation? How do state policies and political borders - inter-state as well as international - impact on a community's need to perform their ethnicity? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this work, on the basis of ethnographic field work conducted among the small Tangsa community living in Assam in northeast India. The study also reveals the asymmetry in the relations between the dominant power-wielding Assamese and the Tangsa. In summary, this is a study about marginality and its consequences, about performance of ethnicity at festivals as sites for both resistance and capitulation, and about the compulsions, imposed by the state and dominant neighbours, that can force small ethnic groups to contribute to their own marginalisation.

目次: 

List of Figures and Photographs
List of Tables
List of Maps
Acknowledgement
List of Abbreviation
1 Setting the Scene
2 Introduction to the Tirap Area
3 Getting Acquainted with the Tangsa
4 Kharangkong: The Last Bastion of the Old World
5 Malugaon: Striking a Fine Balance
6 Phulbari: Christianity as a Way of Life
7 The Tangsa in Arunachal: Life Beyond the Fence
8 Closing the Circle: Festivals and Ethnic Identity
Appendix
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

著者について: 

Meenaxi Barkataki-Ruscheweyh is Research Fellow, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam

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