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Social Dynamics in Northern South Asia: Nepalis Inside and Outside Nepal (Volume 1)

David N Gellner (Editor) Hiroshi Ishii (Editor) Katsuo Nawa (Editor)
Synopsis Situated in northern South Asia at the interface between different linguistic and cultural areas, Nepal contains huge ethnic, cultural, and socio-political diversity.  At the same time, it has had to confront far-reaching social change in an extremely compressed timescale.  This volume attempts to encompass these transformations and the resultant complexity through a series of in-depth case studies.  Part 1 focuses on Pokhara, an important urban hub in west Nepal, and deals with urbanization, evolving ethnic relations, and occupational shifts.  Part 2, 'Marriage, Kinship, and Transformation of Intimacy', covers questions of gender, social relations, marriage, drug use, and coping with the Maoist insurgency, in various parts of the country.  In Part 3, 'Transnational Links', different chapters cover Gurkha soldiers, tourist developments, migrant workers, and ethnic movements.  Part 4consists of one substantial chapter, 'Nepal as Viewed from the Indian Himalayas', in which Gerald Berreman makes a series of direct comparisons between the Indian and Nepalese Himalayas.  This is first of the two volumes entitled Social Dynamics in Northern South Asia.  The volumes 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: Nepalis Inside and Outside Nepal (Volume 1)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 25.02.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173046995
length xvii+543p., Maps; Figures; Tables; Glossary; References; Index; 24cm.