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Local Democracy in South Asia: Microprocesses of Democratization in Nepal and Its Neighbours: Governance, Conflict and Civic Action (Volume I)

David N Gellner (Editor) Krishna Hachhethu (Editor)
Synopsis This volume, the first in a new series on governance, conflict and civic action in South Asia, focuses on the larger countries of South Asia--Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and especially Nepal. The 15 essays in this volume analyze democracy both as a process and as a value. The essays also examine in ethnographic detail the way in which democracy is actually experienced in South Asia, ranging far beyond conventional political structures to look at conflict resolution, rhetorics of foreign aid, ethnic organizations, Maoist practices of local government, Dalit resistance, and so on. Many of the processes that are analysed in depth in the Nepalese context are shown to have their analogues in other South Asian countries. By putting Nepalese political and social processes firmly within their South Asian context, the current political crisis in Nepal is shown to be neither so radically new and different, nor so insoluble as it might appear. At the same time, the view from the peripheries of South Asia throws into relief the extent to which India has evolved away from the traditional caste-determined patron-client structures that once formed the framework of political action there. The volume is a significant contribution to the study of how local democracy actually operates in South Asia. It will be of interest to political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and development specialists.
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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.

Krishna Hachhethu

Krishna Hachhethu (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor of Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. His latest publication is Party Building in Nepal: Organization, Leadership and People. He is co-author of Leadership in Nepal and has contributed many articles to different journals and edited books.

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Title Local Democracy in South Asia: Microprocesses of Democratization in Nepal and Its Neighbours: Governance, Conflict and Civic Action (Volume I)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 21.04.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178298153
length 472p., Tables