1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Northeast India

Edited By Jelle J. P. Wouters, Tanka B. Subba Copyright 2023
    550 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    550 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    550 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    The Routledge Companion to Northeast India is a trans-disciplinary and comprehensive compendium of a vital yet under-researched region in South Asia. It provides a unique guide to prevailing themes, theories, arguments, and history of Northeast India by discussing its life-forms – human and not – languages, landscapes, and lifeways in all its diversity and difference. The companion contains authoritative entries from leading specialists from and on the region and offers clear, concise, and illuminating explanations of key themes and ideas.

    A hands-on, practical, and comprehensive guide to Northeast India, this companion fills a significant gap in the literature and will be an invaluable teaching, learning, and research resource for scholars and students of Northeast India Studies, South Asian and Southeast Asian societies, culture, politics, humanities, and the social sciences in general.

    Northeast India: An Introduction

    Jelle J.P. Wouters and Tanka B. Subba

    1. Ahom Legacy

    Sanjeeb Kakoty

    2. Animism

    Tanka B. Subba

    3. Assam–Bangladesh Border

    H. Srikanth

    4. Biodiversity

    B.K. Tiwari

    5. Brahmaputra

    Arupjyoti Saikia

    6. Buddhist Studies

    Mélanie Vandenhelsken

    7. Christian Medical Missions

    David R. Syiemlieh

    8. Cities

    Duncan McDuie-Ra

    9. Clan

    Philippe Ramirez

    10. Colonial Frontiers

    Gunnel Cederlöf

    11. Commons and Wildlife Conservation

    Willem van Schendel

    12. Community Language Research

    Yankee Modi

    13. Conquest and Colonization

    Sanghamitra Misra

    14. Cross-Border Physical Connectivity

    Sreeradha Datta

    15. Cultural Citizenship

    Swargajyoti Gohain

    16. Customary Law

    Erik de Maaker

    17. Dance Cultures

    Debanjali Biswas

    18. Delimitation

    Vikas Kumar

    19. Democracy and Elections

    Jelle J.P. Wouters

    20. Developmentalism

    Rakhee Bhattacharya

    21. Development-Induced Displacement

    Walter Fernandes

    22. Domesticating Paddy

    Manjil Hazarika

    23. Dreams

    Michael T. Heneise

    24. Ethnomusicology

    Rehanna Kheshgi

    25. Ethno-Regionalism

    Miriam Wenner

    26. Fifth Language Family

    Bishakha Das and Anvita Abbi

    27. Food

    Queenbala Marak

    28. Foothills

    Maranatha G.T. Wahlang

    29. Frontier Baptists

    G. Kanato Chophy

    30. Frontier Feudalism

    Awadhesh Coomar Sinha

    31. Geomorphology

    Sunil Kumar De

    32. Global Wars in Colonial Frontier

    Aditya Kiran Kakati

    33. Government Statistics

    Vikas Kumar

    34. Healing

    Michael T. Heneise

    35. Himalaya as Method

    Swatahsiddha Sarkar

    36. Hinduism

    Samyak Ghosh

    37. Hindutva Futures

    Arkotong Longkumer

    38. Human–Elephant Worlds

    Paul G. Keil and Nicolas Lainé

    39. Hunting

    Anwesha Dutta and Sutirtha Lahiri

    40. Hydropower

    Amelie Huber

    41. Indigeneity

    R.K. Debbarma

    42. Indigenous Archaeology

    Tiatoshi Jamir

    43. Infrastructure

    Raile Rocky Ziipao

    44. Inner Line

    Imdad Hussain

    45. Insurgency

    Sanjoy Hazarika

    46. Inter-State Border Disputes

    T.T. Haokip

    47. Language and Culture

    Tanmoy Bhattacharya

    48. Language and Migration

    Tanmoy Bhattacharya

    49. Language Contact and Convergence

    Gargi Roy and K.V. Subbarao

    50. Literary Traditions

    K. B. Veio Pou

    51. Look East Policy

    C. Joshua Thomas and Haans J. Freddy

    52. Materiality of Religion

    Vibha Joshi

    53. Megalithic Traditions

    Queenbala Marak

    54. Migration

    Debendra Kumar Nayak

    55. Multiple Partitions

    Sajal Nag

    56. Multispecies Studies

    Roderick Wijunamai

    57. Museums

    Edward Moon-Little

    58. Names and Naming

    Joy L.K. Pachuau

    59. Nation


    60. Oral Narratives

    Desmond L. Kharmawphlang

    61. Popular Culture

    Rhelo Kenye and K.B. Veio Pou

    62. Postcolonial Other

    Yasmin Saikia

    63. Resource Frontier

    Bengt G. Karlsson

    64. Sacrifice

    Edward Moon-Little

    65. Shifting Cultivation

    B.K. Tiwari

    66. Sixth Schedule

    Virginius Xaxa

    67. Species Extinction

    Amit R. Baishya

    68. Sylhet Referendum

    Anindita Dasgupta

    69. Syntactic Typology

    K.V. Subbarao

    70. Tea

    Sarah Besky

    71. Territoriality

    Thongkholal Haokip

    72. Tibeto-Burman Languages

    Scott DeLancey

    73. Transboundary Spaces

    Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman

    74. Trans-Himalayan Trade

    Tina Harris

    75. Travellers, Sojourners, and Wayfarers

    Kyle Jackson

    76. Tribe

    Jelle J.P. Wouters

    77. Upland Languages

    Mark W. Post

    78. Urbanisation

    Avaya Chandra Mohapatra

    79. Violence

    Jogendro Kshetrimayum

    80. Women and Labour

    Mona Chettri

    81. Youth Activism

    Kaustubh Deka


    Jelle J.P. Wouters is Associate Professor in Anthropology and Sociology at Royal Thimphu College, Bhutan. He holds an MPhil (with distinction) in social anthropology from the University of Oxford and a PhD in anthropology from North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. Prior to joining Royal Thimphu College, he taught at Sikkim University, India, and was a visiting faculty at Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany, under the ‘Excellence Initiative’ of the German Research Foundation. He has published about political lifeworlds, democracy and elections, insurgency and violence, kinship and identity, capitalism and resource-extraction, and social history of Northeast India.

    Tanka B. Subba is a retired Professor from the Department of Anthropology, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, India. He served as Vice-Chancellor of Sikkim University from 2012 to 2017. He has received awards like the Homi Bhabha Fellowship (Mumbai), Dr Panchanan Mitra Lectureship and R.P. Chanda Centenary Medal for 2015 (Asiatic Society, Kolkata), DAAD Guest professorship at the Free University of Berlin, Berlin, and Baden-Wuerttemberg Fellowship at the South Asian Institute, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg. He was a member of the Academic Councils of Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak, and Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, and served as a member of the Advisory Boards of the National Museum of Mankind, Bhopal, Anthropological Survey of India, Kolkata, and the INTACH, New Delhi.