ISBN 9789383649914,Culture, Heritage, and Identity : The Lepcha and Mangar Communities of Sikkim and Darjeeling

Culture, Heritage, and Identity : The Lepcha and Mangar Communities of Sikkim and Darjeeling

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ISBN 9789383649914
Publisher

KW Publishers

Publication Year 2015
ISBN-13

ISBN 9789383649914

ISBN-10 9383649917
Binding

Hardback

Number of Pages 132 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Humanities

This book is about cultural politics and the quest for identity of two marginal communities of Sikkim and Darjeeling - the Lepcha and the Mangar. Sharing insights into the knowledge, aesthetics, aspirations and dreams of two marginal communities who have been innovatively and differentially appropriating 'culture' to exploit the politics of difference, it is a narrative about their ethno-cultural consciousness, notions of identity and anxieties over being minority communities in a pluralistic democracy. The narrative is essentially presented in the form of a field-trip diary, with observations and comments which try to situate the issues within a larger perspective. Based on two years of intensive field study, the book chronicles the endeavour of these two communities to reclaim their cultural past, and forge an identity that would ensure material security, self-esteem, dignity and also the fruits of 'modernity'.
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