Towards a Political Ecology of Scale in High Mountains


Global economic and political relations are increasingly dependent on India and China. The destiny of these new centers of power is irrevocably entwined with their ability “to share the same mountains”—the Himalayas—and to settle disputes left over from the border war of 1962. Yet while rapid economic growth as well as the rising international significance of both countries has attracted much public and academic attention, related and equally compelling aspects remained largely ignored. This article looks at how the ongoing processes of border-making are experienced and negotiated by the ethnic minorities who live in the mountain peripheries, and the implications for how they make a living.