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Remoteness and modernity : transformation and continuity in northern Pakistan

Author: Shafqat Hussain
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2015
Series: Yale agrarian studies series
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
This groundbreaking book is the first sustained anthropological inquiry into the idea of remote areas. Shafqat Hussain examines the surprisingly diverse ways the people of Hunza, a remote independent state in Pakistan, have been viewed by outsiders over the past century. He also explores how the Hunza people perceived British colonialists, Pakistani state officials, modern-day Westerners, and others, and how the  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shafqat Hussain
ISBN: 9780300205558 0300205554
OCLC Number: 912117419
Notes: Mirs of Hunza. Chronology of the Hunza state and its relationships with surrounding polities. Lifting the veil : the sacred and political geography of Hunza. The friction and rhetoric of distance and the alterity of Hunza. Frontier matters : irrelevance, romanticism, and transformation of Hunza society. Rural romance and refuge from civilization. The origin of a nation : Hunza and postcolonial identity. On the edge of the world. Strange strangers in the land of paradise. Romanticism, environmentalism, and articulation of an ecological identity
Description: xvi, 262 s. : ill
Series Title: Yale agrarian studies series
Responsibility: Shafqat Hussain


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