For a city in India's northeast that has been embroiled in the everyday militarization and violence of Asia's longest-running separatist conflict, Dimapur remains 'off the map'. With no 'glorious' past or arenas where events of consequence to mainstream India have taken place, Dimapur's essence is experienced in oral histories of events, visual archives of the everyday life, lived reality of military occupation, and anxieties produced in making urban space out of tribal space. Ceasefire City captures the dynamics of Dimapur. It brings together the fragmented sensibilities granted and contested in particular spaces and illustrates the embodied experiences of the city. The first part explores military presence, capitalist growth, and urban expansion in Dimapur. The second part presents an ethnographic account of lived realities and the meanings that are forged in a frontier city.
1 - Migrant City, Tribal Territory 2 - Producing Urban Space 3 - Audible City 4 - Huntingscape 5 - Dying in Dimapur
Dolly Kikon is senior lecturer of anthropology and development studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Duncan McDuie-Ra is professor of urban sociology at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, the University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia.
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