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Crossing borders

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This chapter discusses the villagers? changing relationship with the Langtang landscape in terms of their subsistence strategies. An important theme in the chapter is about the ?placing? of Langtang people as various events and discourses largely beyond their control have conspired to restrain, limit and ?discipline? them. The chapter analyses the ways by which the Langtangpa have increasingly become ?localised? in their physicality and economic orientation, and how the various national, as well as transnational, social practices of ?development? in Nepal intersect and weave together to form the ?objective structures? of the Langtangpa?s lives. The Langtang region was the first in Nepal to be designated a national park, but it was not gazetted until 1976. In the process of creating Langtang National Park (L.N.P.), the opinions of the Langtangpa did not matter much in accordance with the imperatives of developmental discourses and practices.

Keywords: Langtang landscape; Langtang National Park (L.N.P.); Langtangpa?s lives; Nepal; social practices



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