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Moynihan South Asia Center presents: Stephen Christopher

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Stephen Christopher, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University

Tribal Cosmos: Gaddi Modernization in Dharamsala

Based on fieldwork in Dharamsala, India, the densely touristic home of Tibetan refugees, this presentation addresses how the Gaddi, a local tribe, negotiate rapid urbanization and cosmopolitan practices in what was once a small shepherding stopover. Paralleling recent scholarship on the anthropology of affirmative action, Christopher aims to show the impact of reservation politics and development on tribal social organization and sense of selfhood and belonging.

Sponsored by the South Asia Center at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs 

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