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Clan, Village, Tribe, and Naga Nation

Jelle J.P. Wouters

in In the Shadows of Naga Insurgency

Published in print August 2018 | ISBN: 9780199485703
Published online July 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780199097760 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780199485703.003.0002
Clan, Village, Tribe, and Naga Nation

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Naga identity, akin to all modern identities, is historically contingent, constructed, and continually debated. This chapter offers an ethnographic view of local processes of identity and identification among Nagas by highlighting the social binds and divides that emerge from the structuring, foundational, and affective realities of clan, village, and tribe. The author shows how Naga clans, villages, and tribes variously connect and disconnect with projections of a unified Naga nation and the nationalistic politics of Naga insurgency. In the upshot, the author argues that the form and functioning of the Naga nation is best approached, not as a single ethnic rubric, but as a ‘tribal confederation’ in which connected yet self-directed tribes fissure and fuse according to the political context and circumstances.

Keywords: Ethnicity; Identity politics; tribe; clan; village; belonging; nationalism; Naga history; Naga insurgency

Chapter.  15656 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity ; Social Movements and Social Change ; Political Sociology

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