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An experiment in story-telling: reassembling the house in Ladakh.

Day, Sophie E.. 2018. An experiment in story-telling: reassembling the house in Ladakh. Social Anthropology, 26(1), pp. 88-102. ISSN 0964-0282 [Article]

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In 2013, my friend from previous periods of fieldwork, Deen Khan, suggested we photograph some of his favourite belongings and the few packed-away memories that he had managed to retrieve from one of his stores at the time. Other Ladakhis were puzzled by Deen’s extensive and haphazard collection but he and I made a small ‘storyboard’ from some of the objects, which I explore in relation to Deen’s unfolding biography from 2013-2017. The storyboard, as a collaborative endeavour, becomes a mechanism that foregrounds the material moorings of both biography and ethnography, brings them together in unanticipated ways and illuminates their many connections. In illustration, I show how references to partition drew connections between the state and its frontiers, relations among Buddhist and Muslim Ladakhis, and patterns of familial inheritance.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12483

Keywords:

Ladakh, biography, ethnography, house, composition

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Anthropology

Dates:

DateEvent
1 September 2017Accepted
18 February 2018Published

Item ID:

21523

Date Deposited:

29 Sep 2017 16:44

Last Modified:

18 Jul 2018 14:20

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/21523

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