Landscape as a Palimpsest of the Socio Cultural Change A study of Leh town India

Topics: Landscape, Cultural Geography, Mountain Environments
Keywords: Cultural Landscape, Ladakh, Socio-cultural change
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: 8223, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Cultural and social change in Ladakh region in the western Himalayan region has been the focus of many studies .However, the cultural Landscape which is considered one of the most evident markers of the cultural milieu has not gained much attention. The reading of Landscapes as a repository of cultural change over time has the potential to substantiate current knowledge about socio-cultural change that the region is experiencing. This may be done through an interpretation of the material manifestations such as change in built-up environment in the form of traces, marks and layers visible on the landscape. This paper is an attempt in this direction to study the landscape of the Leh town;which is the administrative center of Ladakh region and was also an important trading center as a reflection of the socio-cultural change using this approach. Here, the underlying assumption is that cultural changes are more evident in urban places, here it is Leh town. Since historical time, it has been exposed to different cultural stimuli. This study examines the historical accounts about the landscape formation, and its gradual evolution to the present form. Sources of information like historical accounts, old photographs, press reports, policy documents, have been used. Post- structuralists approach have been used to assess the landscape in this paper. It examines the waxing, waning, and revival of cultural forces over the time through studying landscape and their marks on the landscape. This paper possesses the potential to enrich the myriad of knowledge about the place.

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