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Dancing to the State: The Ethnic Compulsions of the Tangsa in Assam

Meenaxi Barkataki-Ruscheweyh

Abstract

Can small indigenous communities survive, as distinct cultural entities, in northeast India, an area of mind-boggling ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity? What are the choices such communities have, and what are some of the strategies such communities use to resist marginalization? In recent years, many such small groups are participating in large state-sponsored ethnic festivals, and organizing their own community festivals. But are these signs of their increasing agency or simply proof of their continued marginalization? How do state policies and political borders— inter-state as well ... More

Keywords: performance, ethnicity, festivals, marginalization, identity, cultural survival, transborder communities, ethnic revival

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199472598
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199472598.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meenaxi Barkataki-Ruscheweyh, author
Research Fellow, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vrije Universiteit (VU), Amsterdam