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Remoteness and ModernityTransformation and Continuity in Northern Pakistan$
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Shafqat Hussain

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300205558

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300205558.001.0001

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Frontier Matters

Frontier Matters

Irrelevance, Romanticism, and Transformation of Hunza Society

(p.62) Chapter 3 Frontier Matters
Remoteness and Modernity

Shafqat Hussain

Yale University Press

This chapter examines Hunza during the postconquest era which started in 1891, the year when the region completely fell to the British Empire. Using frontier settlement and administration as a socio-spatial domain, it analyzes the ways in which irrelevance and lack of urgency in the frontier settlement process constructed Hunza's remoteness. Under the Empire, the natives of Hunza were treated with an air of exclusivity and romanticism such as distant and quaint places often are associated with. After the conquest, the region became an ideal society in need of British protection and paternalism. Hunza's remoteness was constructed in this discourse in requests by British officers for reenactments of caravan raiding and re-representations of the travel experience to Hunza from Kashmir as cultural performance. The mir of Hunza, now fully loyal to the British, consolidated power under British rule and extended authority over areas where he previously had none.

Keywords:   Hunza, postconquest era, British Empire, frontier settlement, remoteness, exclusivity, mir, cultural performance

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