Development, Well-being and Perceptions of the ‘Expert’ in Ladakh, North-West India

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Abstrakti

In Ladakh, north-west India, a popular narrative of the region’s inhabitants as spiritually and ecologically enlightened combines with national sustainable and participatory development policies to produce a distinctive character that underpins the local administration’s development strategies. These strategies emphasise ‘traditional’ values of cooperation, simplicity, and ecological and spiritual harmony as the way to achieve culturally sustainable development and emotional well-being. However, obstacles to development appear when normative principles of sustainability and ecological wisdom encounter local cosmology, hierarchy and perceptions of expertise in society. In this article, I reflect upon my fieldwork and previous regional ethnographies to consider possible frameworks for evaluating well-being as an indicator of culturally sustainable development that include concepts of cosmology and expert protection.
Alkuperäiskielienglanti
ArtikkeliVol. 24, Issue 3
LehtiAnthropology in Action
Vuosikerta23
Numero3
Sivut22-31
Sivumäärä9
ISSN0967-201X
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 1 joulukuuta 2017
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä, vertaisarvioitu

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