Village Matters: Relocating Villages in the Contemporary Anthropology of India by Diane MinesVillage Matters: Relocating Villages in the Contemporary Anthropology of India by Diane Mines

Village Matters: Relocating Villages in the Contemporary Anthropology of India

EditorDiane Mines, Nicolas Yazgi

Hardcover | February 1, 2010

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This collection of essays aims at a critical re-engagement, within anthropological discourse, with the concept of the 'village'. Going against the grain of contemporary anthropological trends, this collection of essays revisits and re-situates the 'village' in the social and humanistic studyof India. The essays show in various ways that, regardless of the loss of villages in contemporary Western academic discourse, villagers in fact continue to shape not only the land through their labour, but also shape their own and others' political, social, economic, ritual and imaginary lives.Thus, the village proves to be an aspect of world-shaping activity not only within and between villages, but also far beyond. The contributors use a broadly interpretive approach to address how villages matter in relation to a variety of regional and global practices, including irrigation,democracy, religious movements, nationalism, ecology, labour migration, political movements, military service, and cinematic representation. The contributors show, in no uncertain terms, that villages in India and elsewhere have been and continue to be vibrant grounds for the production of culture, sociality, environments, bodies, and persons. Several essays also address anthropology's forfeiture of the village as a subject of study inan era of globalization.
Diane P. Mines is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Appalachian State University, USA. Nicolas Yazgi is Researcher, Centre de Recherches Ethnologiques (CRE) Universite de Neuchatel, Switzerland
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Title:Village Matters: Relocating Villages in the Contemporary Anthropology of IndiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:344 pagesPublished:February 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198063334

ISBN - 13:9780198063339

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Table of Contents

Diane P. Mines and Nicolas Yazgi: Introduction: Do Villages Matter?Section I: Contexts1. Lost and Found: Villages Between Anthropology and History (Saurabh Dube);Section II: Crafting Selves, Others, and Society2. Villages on the Campaign Trail (Nicolas Yazgi);3. Villages Agency (William S. Sax);4. Why Sacred Groves Matter: Post-romantic Claim (Anne Grodzins Gold);5. The Man Makes the Village Makes the Man: The Story of Varandan, the Common Irrigator of a Village in Northern Tamil Nadu (Bettina Weiz);6. Sect and the Quotidian in Village Life (Ishita Banerjee-Dube);7. A Village as Hermeneutcial Lens: Spaces of Rural Hindu-Muslim Interactions (Peter Gottschalk); SECTION III: PROJECTIONS;8. From Village to Shantytown: Poverty and Mobility in the Popular Films of the New India (Ronald Inden);9. The Village in Cinema (M. Madhava Prasad);10. Arms and the World: Village Apshinge (Maharashtra) Bounding and Extending Where (Lee I. Schelsinger); SECTION IV: COMPARATIVE EPISTIMOLOGIES;11. The Rural Community, Or the Disappearing Act of French Anthropology (Octave Debary);12. The Village as Frontier in Africa (Deborah Durham);E. Valentine Daniel: AfterwordReferences