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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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(p.210) Epilogue
Remoteness and Modernity

Shafqat Hussain

Yale University Press

This epilogue draws together the various aspects of remoteness tackled in the entire book. It looks into how the existence and perceptions of remoteness and remote areas have become inherent conditions of modernity and the process of modernization. The history of Hunza shows that some of the themes associated with remoteness repeat themselves, although the wider context and the specificities may change. For example, the search for an original Aryan race by the British is similar to the search for an original Pakistani ethnicity by the Pakistan People's Party. Both ascribe to remoteness the quality to harbor origins. The chapter concludes by arguing that despite globalization and technological innovation, both in a literal and metaphorical sense, the meaning of remote areas is changing yet again. Today, remote areas are described less by their accessibility and familiarity and more by their anonymity.

Keywords:   remoteness, remote areas, modernity, modernization, Hunza, globalization, technological innovation, Aryan race, Pakistan People's Party

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