Borders in the forest: productive enclosure and ecological refuge in the Eastern Himalayas

Aisher, Alex (2016) Borders in the forest: productive enclosure and ecological refuge in the Eastern Himalayas. Journal of Contemporary Religion. ISSN 1353-7903 (Accepted)

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Progressing ethnographically through a series of (b)ordering artefacts and practices, this paper explores how upland clans of the Nyishi tribe in the internationally contested borderland of Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalayas perceive critical borders in their lives. Through ethnographic examination of a series of border artefacts and indigenous articulations of borders, the paper shows how (b)ordering practices in upland Arunachal Pradesh underpin not only human political division of the landscape, but also the spiritual topography of forest and its more-than-human refuges. Examining borders as sites of conflict and resistance, but also sites of reciprocal exchange and social-ecological flourishing, the paper seeks to articulate an indigenous view of a healthy border between people and the forest and productive enclosure of its forest refuges.Here in upland Arunachal Pradesh enclosure, not freedom, underpins flourishing, and a primary activity of human beings in relation to their more-than-human counterparts is to maintain borders.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special issue title: Religion at the borderland: conceptualizing ‘Borders’ through the study of religion
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for World Environmental History
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion. Mythology. Rationalism > BL0001 Religion (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
J Political Science > JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state > JC319 Political geography
Depositing User: Alex Aisher
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 09:49
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2018 14:51

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