26 June 2018

New publication on territorial autonomy in Nepal–India borderland

Postdoc from Department of Food and Resource Economics, Rune Bolding Bennike, has contributed with a chapter on territorial autonomy in Nepal-India borderlands in the new book: Routledge Handbook of Asian Borderlands.

In the chapter written by Rune Bolding Bennike fits under the section "Border and boundaries of the state, governance, and the production of statelessness " and is called "Turning your back to the border: federalism, rerritory, and claims for autonomy in the Nepal–India borderland".

The "Routledge Handbook of Asian Bordelands" is described as following by Routledge:
In Asia, where authoritarian-developmental states have proliferated, statehood and social control are heavily contested in borderland spaces. As a result, in the post-Cold War world, borders have not only redefined Asian incomes and mobilities, they have also rekindled neighbouring relations and raised questions about citizenship and security.

The contributors to the Routledge Handbook of Asian Borderlands highlight some of these processes taking place at the fringe of the state. Offering an array of comparative perspectives of Asian borders and borderlands in the global context, this handbook is divided into thematic sections, including:

  • Livelihoods, commodities and mobilities
  • Physical land use and agrarian transformations
  • Borders and boundaries of the state and the notion of statelessness
  • Re-conceptualizing trade and the economy in the borderlands
  • The existence and influence of humanitarians, religions, and NGOs
  • The militarization of borderlands

Causing us to rethink and fundamentally question some of the categories of state, nation, and the economy, this is an important resource for students and scholars of Asian Studies, Border Studies, Social and Cultural Studies, and Anthropology.

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