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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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Romanticism, Environmentalism, and Articulation of an Ecological Identity

Romanticism, Environmentalism, and Articulation of an Ecological Identity

(p.189) Chapter 8 Romanticism, Environmentalism, and Articulation of an Ecological Identity
Remoteness and Modernity

Shafqat Hussain

Yale University Press

This chapter presents two discourses on nature which looks at the construction of Shimshal's remoteness. Both discourses are considered in the socio-spatial domain of environmental conservation. In the first discourse, the Shimshal appears as the last refuge for endangered species such as the Marco Polo sheep and the snow leopard. The village's vast pastures are rendered empty and pristine in this discourse, evoking the image of an area far from industrialization, capitalism, and state expansion. Because of this, Shimshali appears in this space as out of place. In the second discourse, the Shimshali appears as an integral part of the space. Like nature itself, the village and its inhabitants are uncorrupted and untainted by modernity. The chapter also examines how the Shimshalis articulate their identity with the latter discourse in the context of the establishment of the Khunjerab National Park.

Keywords:   nature, Shimshal, remoteness, environmental conservation, industrialization, capitalism, state expansion, modernity, identity, Khunjerab National Park

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