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Caring for glaciers : land, animals, and humanity in the Himalayas

Title
Caring for glaciers : land, animals, and humanity in the Himalayas / Karine Gagné.
ISBN
9780295744001
0295744006
9780295744018
0295744014
Publication
Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2018]
Physical Description
xxv, 231 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Summary
"Set in the high-altitude Himalayan region of Ladakh, in northwest India, Caring for Glaciers looks at the causes and consequences of a transformation in people's relationship with the environment. It illuminates how relations of care and reciprocity-learned through everyday life and work in the mountains with the animals, glaciers, and deities that form Ladakh's sacred geography-shape and nurture an ethics of care for non-humans. The geopolitical context that has reconfigured Ladakh into a strategic border area in postcolonial India has transformed the fabric of everyday life. Simultaneously, the landscape of Ladakh is also being transformed by climate change. Ladakhi elders perceive this as a changing moral order, in which environmental depletion and social fragmentation are inextricably intertwined. As Glaciers Vanish contributes to the anthropology of ethics by examining the moral order that develops through the embodied experience of life and work in the Himalayas. While not divorced from Buddhist beliefs, this emerges not from religious doctrine but from beliefs and practices through which people engage with the environment. This book will be of interest to researchers in a variety of fields, including anthropology, geography, and sociology of religion. It will also appeal to scholars of Tibetan Buddhism and of borderland studies, to social scientists studying climate change, and to area studies specialists of India, South Asia, and the Himalayas"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Gagné, Karine. Caring for glaciers. Seattle, Washington : University of Washington Press, [2018]
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
September 07, 2021
Series
Culture, place, and nature.
Culture, place, and nature: studies in anthropology and environment
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Morality and an ethics of care in the Himalayas
The loneliness of winter : continuity and change in the high mountains
Arthalis and beyond : a crack in the landscape
Becoming sentinel citizens : the reconfiguration of Ladakh into a border area
"Father white glacier" : incommensurable temporalities and eroding filial bonds
Searching for Aba Stanzin : on the predicament of herders
Intimate glaciers and an ethics of care : mutual recessions
As glaciers vanish.
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