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The Nilgiris as a Region

David G Mandelbaum It is useful to sort out two meanings of the term region. One refers to a human region as defined by outside observers, based on their perceptions and taxonomy, using general 'etic' criteria to specify Us nature and extent The other is the region as perceived by participants in it, as understood in the insiders 'emic' perceptions as engaging their sense of identity and attracting their loyalties. A person nor- molly identifies with several regions, of narrower or wider scape; ones loyalties are made manifest to a closer region in a particular situation, to a broader one in a different context.

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