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Announcing the publication of Shiptown by Ann Gold

Shiptown by Ann Gold

Shiptown by Ann Gold

August 21, 2017
  
"Ann Grodzins Gold's prose is beautiful and often poignant, drawing the reader into public and domestic spaces, and oral histories and everyday conversations of Jahazpur. She lays bare the contingencies and daily decisions of fieldwork itself. Very few ethnographies are so honest."—Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger, Emory University
Jahazpur is a small market town or qasba with a diverse population of more than 20,000 people located in Bhilwara District in the North Indian state of Rajasthan. With roots deep in history and legend, Shiptown (a literal translation of landlocked Jahazpur's name) today is a subdistrict headquarters and thus a regional hub for government services unavailable in villages. Rural and town lives have long intersected in Shiptown's market streets, which are crammed with shopping opportunities, many designed to allure village customers. Temples, mosques, and shrines attract Hindus and Muslims from nearby areas. In the town's densely settled center—still partially walled, with arched gateways intact—many neighborhoods remain segregated by hereditary birth group. By contrast, in some newer, more spacious residential areas outside the walls, persons of distinct communities and religions live as neighbors. Throughout Jahazpur municipality a peaceful pluralism normally prevails.
Ann Grodzins Gold lived in Santosh Nagar, the oldest of Shiptown's new settlements, for ten months, recording interviews and participating in festival, ritual, and social events--public and private, religious and secular. She sustains a conviction that, even in the globalized present, local experiences are significant, and that anthropology--that most intimate and poetic of the social sciences--continues to foster productive conversations among human beings.
See Gold's brand new post on Penn Press log: Staying Afloat: Reflections on Anthropology and Everyday Life
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