Memories and Movements: Borders and Communities in Banni, Kutch, Gujarat

By: Rita Kothari (Author) & Urvashi Butalia (Frwd)

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Memories and Movements is an ethnographic account of present-day Banni society, where the rhetoric of ‘change and development’ have made inroads quietly but surely. Poised on the brink of socio-economic transformation, it hosts huge tourist populations for a few months every year. The result is an immense demand for its distinct products and services such as its handicrafts and music. The labour of its women feeds the embroidery industry in Banni. Kothari raises poignant questions, among others, about the position of Banni’s women: Do the handicraft industries give women more freedom and self-determination? Or do they entrench gender-inequality further? The author also tells the story of the entrepreneurial success and resultant social mobility of a hitherto ‘untouchable’ community. In presenting a picture of Banni’s complex, tiered society, she shows how its people navigate social borders on an everyday basis and transcend territorial borders through memory, song and story. In her insightful foreword to this volume, Urvashi Butalia highlights how Kothari’s ‘questioning of the very notions of region and nation’ is ‘remarkably free of jargon, and yet deeply informed by theory’.Printed Pages: 200.

Title: Memories and Movements: Borders and Communities in Banni, Kutch, Gujarat

Author Name: Rita Kothari (Author) & Urvashi Butalia (Frwd)

Categories: India, History,

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Orient BlackSwan: 2013

ISBN: 8125050493

ISBN 13: 9788125050490

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 101937

Keywords: Memories and Movements: Borders and Communities in Banni, Kutch, Gujarat Rita Kothari (Author) & Urvashi Butalia (Frwd)