New PDF release: The Demands of Recognition: State Anthropology and
By Townsend Middleton
In this groundbreaking examine, Townsend Middleton tracks those newfound "lives" of anthropology. providing simultaneous ethnographies of the folk of Darjeeling's quest for "tribal" prestige and the govt anthropologists dealing with their claims, Middleton exposes how minorities are—and are not—recognized for affirmative motion and autonomy. We come upon groups placing on intricate spectacles of sacrifice, exorcism, bows and arrows, and blood consuming to end up their "primitiveness" and "backwardness." Conversely, we see govt anthropologists fight for the ethnographic fact as groups more and more flip educational paradigms again upon the state.
The calls for of Recognition deals a compelling examine the escalating politics of tribal popularity in India. instantly ethnographic and historic, it chronicles how multicultural governance has stimulated the folk of Darjeeling to ethnologically redefine themselves—from Gorkha to tribal and again. yet as those groups now be aware of, now not all different types of distinction are legible within the eyes of the nation. The Gorkhas' look for attractiveness has in basic terms amplified those groups' anxieties approximately who they are—and who they need to be—if they're to realize the rights, autonomy, and belonging they desire.
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The Demands of Recognition: State Anthropology and Ethnopolitics in Darjeeling (South Asia in Motion) by Townsend Middleton