Publisher:    Cambridge University Press
Title:             Leaving the Land
Author:         Dolly Kikon and Bengt G. Karlsson
ISBN:            9781108494427


Leaving the Land 

        During the last decade, indigenous youth from Northeast India have migrated in large numbers to the main cities of metropolitan India to find work and to study. The migration is facilitated by new work opportunities in the hospitality sector, mainly as service personnel in luxury hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, and airlines. Prolonged armed conflicts, militarization, a stagnant economy, corrupt and ineffective governance structures, and the harsh conditions of subsistence agriculture in their home villages or small towns impel the youth to seek opportunities outside their home region. English language skills, a general cosmopolitan outlook as well as a non-Indian physical appearance have proven to be key assets in securing work within the new hospitality industry. Leaving the Land traces the migratory journeys of these youths and engages with their new lives in cities such as Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Thiruvananthapuram.

About the Authors

       Dolly Kikon is Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology and Development Studies Program at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Living with Oil and Coal: Resource Politics and Militarization in Northeast India (2019), Life and Dignity: Women's Testimonies of Sexual Violence in Dimapur (2015), and Experiences of Naga Women in Armed Conflict: Narratives from a Militarized Society (2004).

        Bengt G. Karlsson is Professor of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University. He is The Author of Contested Belonging: An Indigenous People's Struggle for Forest and Identity is Sub-Himalayan Bengal (2000) and Unruly Hills: A Political Ecology of India's Northeast (2011). Karlsson is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities.


 
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