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Reigning the River Urban Ecologies and Political Transformation in Kathmandu

ISBN-10: 0822350807
ISBN-13: 9780822350804
Edition: 2011
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Description: A major contribution to the nascent anthropology of urban environments, Reigning the Riverilluminates the complexities of river restoration in Kathmandu, Nepal#x19;s capital and one of the fastest-growing cities in South Asia. In this rich  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 10/27/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.13" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

A major contribution to the nascent anthropology of urban environments, Reigning the Riverilluminates the complexities of river restoration in Kathmandu, Nepal#x19;s capital and one of the fastest-growing cities in South Asia. In this rich ethnography, Anne Rademacher explores the ways that urban riverscape improvement involved multiple actors, each constructing their ideals of restoration through contested histories and ideologies of belonging. She examines competing understandings of river restoration, particularly among bureaucrats in state and conservation-development agencies, cultural heritage activists, and advocates for the security of tens of thousands of rural-to-urban migrants settled on the exposed riverbed. Rademacher conducted research during a volatile period in Nepal#x19;s political history. As clashes between Maoist revolutionaries and the ruling government intensified, the riverscape became a site of multiple claims to a capital city that increasingly functioned as a last refuge from war-related violence. In this time of intense flux, efforts to ensure, create, or imagine ecological stability intersected with aspirations for political stability. Throughout her analysis, Rademacher emphasizes ecology as an important site of dislocation, entitlement, and cultural meaning.

Arturo Escobar is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His most recent book is "Territories of Difference".

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