(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

‘In the heart, there’s nothing’ : unruly youth, generational vertigo and territory

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

SMITH S.H. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Geography, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, ETATS-UNIS


This article traces how young Muslim and Buddhist Ladakhis in Ladakh’s Leh District are constituted as a category and site of territorial potential, and how they navigate and elude this positioning. I suggest that parents, political actors and religious leaders conceive of the young as crucial to the constitution of future territories. This makes their bodies a site of intense anxiety and regulation, as well as hope and potential. I offer the concept of generational vertigo, a mixture of apprehension and anticipation regarding the future, and suggest that attending to how and why this vertigo is manifest provides a way to think through relationships between young people, time and territory. The future is located in the volatile bodies of young people; hence the desire to defend territory and shape the future is manifest in attempts to manage the potential of these bodies


Article of periodic

published at : Transactions - Institute of British Geographers / ISSN 0020-2754 / CODEN IBGTAE

Editor : Institute of British Geographers, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1965)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 38, no4 [pp. 572-585]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.




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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00547.x

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