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Type: Book chapter
Title: Contested modernities: place, subjectivity, and Himalayan dam infrastructures
Other Titles: Contested Modernities
Author: Drew, G.
Citation: Trans-Himalayan Borderlands. Livelihoods, Territorialities, Modernities, 2018 / Smyer Yü, D., Michaud, J. (ed./s), Ch.6, pp.147-166
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Publisher Place: Amsterdam
Issue Date: 2018
Series/Report no.: Asian Borderlands
ISBN: 9789462981928
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Georgina Drew
Abstract: The Himalaya are a final frontier for much of the world’s dam infrastruc- ture. When set within seemingly remote border areas, these projects intersect with sociocultural landscapes in ways that reveal nuance in how the development agenda is accepted, adapted, resisted, or rejected. Focusing on a contested dam built along the Ganges – a river sacred to Hindus – in the Indian Himalaya, this chapter explores a diversity of responses to hydroelectric development alongside the mixed evaluations that interlocutors expressed about the projects of modernization and modernity. Analyzing these complexities, the chapter considers if the selective concession to dams in the Himalaya enable a better appreciation of the contested modernities that may be evident in the mountains that serve as Asia’s ‘water tower.’
Rights: Creative Commons License CC BY NC ND ( © The authors / Amsterdam University Press B.V., Amsterdam 2017 Some rights reserved. Without limiting the rights under copyright reserved above, any part of this book may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise).
RMID: 0030081190
DOI: 10.5117/9789462981928
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