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On Uncertain GroundDisplaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu and Kashmir$
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Ankur Datta

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199466771

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466771.001.0001

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Dealing with Dislocation

Dealing with Dislocation

Making Home and Place in Jammu*

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On Uncertain Ground

Ankur Datta

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses two questions: First, how do communities facing protracted displacement deal with the experience of migration and place-making? Second, how do notions of home mediate this relationship? The chapter draws upon discussions with Pandits, comprising those who live the camp and those who live in the larger city of Jammu outside the camp, who contrast nostalgia for life in Kashmir with experiences of re-establishing social and political relationships after displacement. Place and migration here are both treated as contexts and products of social activity that involve considerations of objects, physical environment, and communal relationships. The chapter will argue that discussions of place and home are marked by a tension between desires for reclaiming home and security, and the condition of uncertainty faced by groups like Kashmiri Pandits in the present.

Keywords:   migration, place-making, nostalgia, memory, home, Kashmiriyat, urban

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