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Social Dynamics in Northern South Asia: Political and Social Transformations in North India and Nepal (Volume 2)

David N Gellner (Editor) Hiroshi Ishii (Editor) Katsuo Nawa (Editor)
Synopsis Northern South Asia-including Northern India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh-encompasses huge ethnic, cultural, and socio-political diversity and has experienced far-reaching social change in recent times.  This volume analyses the dynamics of social and Political movements in the region.  Part 1 examines political and social processes, focusing on the different ways in which the rise of previously subordinate castes has changed the practical and normative bases of local life.  In Part 2 four contrasting chapters bring new perspectives, insights, and materials to bear on communal conflict and the rise of Hindu nationalism in India and on religious and ritual change in Nepal.  Part 3 deals with various forms of activism including Bengalis in Delhi, movements of bonded agricultural labourers, ethnic groups, anti-dam movements, and the social basis of Maoism in Nepal.  Part 4 consists of an 'Afterword' by Jonathan Parry analyzing the changing significance of caste in the region.  This is second of the two volumes jointly entitled Social Dynamics in Northern South Asia.  They bring together scholars from Japan, Nepal, India, Europe, and America in order to deepen our understanding of social change in the region, on the basis of fresh fieldwork reports and new analyses. 
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About the authors

David N Gellner

David N. Gellner is Reader in Social Anthropology in the Department of Human Sciences, Brunel University. His books include Monk Householder and Tantric Priest : Newar Buddhism and its Hierarchy of Ritual and Contested Hierarchies : A Collaborative Ethnography of Caste among the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley.

Hiroshi Ishii

Hiroshi Ishil is Professor Emeritus at the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.  He has conducted anthropological research among the Newars, the Parbate Hindus, and the Maithils in Nepal since 1970.  He has published Nepal: A Himalayan Kingdom in Transition (1996, with P.P. Karan et al.), and other books and articles in both Japanese and English. 

Katsuo Nawa

Katsuo Nawa is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Institute of Oriental Culture, the University of Tokyo.  He is the author of An Ethnographic Study on Rituals and Social Categories of Byans, Nepal, and Adjacent Regions: Another Constellation of 'Modernity' (2002, in Japanese), which was awarded the 30th Shibusawa Prize. 

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Title Social Dynamics in Northern South Asia: Political and Social Transformations in North India and Nepal (Volume 2)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 08.02.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173047299
length xv+520p., Tables; Figures; References; Glossary; Index; 24cm.