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Class, State and Struggle in Nepal: Writings 1989-1995

Stephen Mikesell (Author)
Synopsis The book starts by explicating the author's theoretical and methodological framework, with an emphasis on human agency and process as opposed to the normative and structural approaches that characterize much of South Asian ethnography. Next come critical appraisals of the history of the struggles, constitutional changes and parliamentary processes of the 1989-95 period, followed by case studies of intellectuals and the constitutional, legal and institutional processes used to domesticate and co-opt struggle. Struggle is strategized in terms of class development and comparison with contemporary struggles elsewhere in the world. Identifying commercialization as the preponderant process of the 'modern' period, the penultimate section scrutinizes the merchant bazaar as the institutional and cultural mechanism of commercial subjugation of Nepal. The last two chapters first correlate caste with citizenship, not class as commonly done, and second, in a review of Levi's Bhaktapur, criticize the reduction of urban social analysis to ritual while providing a historical materialist alternative.
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About the author

Stephen Mikesell

Stephen Mikesell is engaged in anthropological research, education for liberation, and political action in Nepal and the United States.  His work with merchants, peasants, and workers analyzes the effect of commercialization on culture and community in Nepal and documents people's struggles against it.  He has worked for community-based education, taught at universities in Nepal and the United States, and edited newspapers and magazines.  A commitment to economic and environmental democracy pervades his life and writings.

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Bibliographic information

Title Class, State and Struggle in Nepal: Writings 1989-1995
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173042675
length 326p., Notes; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History