Selves in Time and Place: Identities, Experience, and History in Nepal

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - Social Science - 342 pages
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Recently anthropology has turned to accounts of persons-in-history/history-in-persons, focusing on how individuals and groups as agents both fashion and are fashioned by social, political, and cultural discourses and practices. In this approach, power, agency, and history are made explicit as individuals and groups work to constitute themselves in relation to others and within and against sociopolitical and historical contexts. Contributors to this volume extend this emphasis, drawing upon their ethnographic research in Nepal to examine closely how selves, identities, and experience are produced in dialogical relationships through time in a multi-ethic nation-state and within a discourse of nationalism. The diversity of peoples, recent political transformations, and nation-building efforts make Nepal an especially rich locale to examine people's struggles to define and position themselves. But the authors move beyond geographical boundaries to more theoretical terrain to problematicize the ways in which people recreate or contest certain identities and positions. Various authors explore how people_positioned by gender, ethnicity, and locale_use cultural genres to produce aspects of identities and experiences; they examine how subjectivities, agencies and cultural worlds co-develop and are shaped through engagement with cultural forms; and they portray the appropriation of multiple voices for self and group formation. As such, this collection offers a richly textured and complex accounting of the mutual constitution of selves and society.
  

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Contents

Selves in Time and Place An Introduction
3
Fate Domestic Authority and Womens Wills
19
Narrative Subversions of Hierarchy
51
Contested Selves Contested Femininities Selves and Society in Process
87
Narrative Constructions of Madness in a Hindu Village in Nepal
111
Consumer Culture and Identities in Kathmandu Playing with Your Brain
131
Situating Persons Honor and Identity in Nepal
155
Tibetan Identity Layers in the Nepal Himalayas
175
Engendered Bodies Embodied Genders
219
The Case of the Disappearing Shamans or No Individualism No Relationalism
239
Imagined Sisters The Ambiguities of Womens Poetics and Collective Actions
269
Growing Up Newar Buddhist Chittadhar Hridayas Jhī Macā and its Context
301
Selves in Motion
321
Index
331
About the Contributors
339
Copyright

Crossing Boundaries Ethnicity and Marriage in a Hod Village
195

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References to this book

A History of Nepal
John Whelpton
Limited preview - 2005

About the author (1998)

Debra Skinner is research assistant professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Alfred Pach III is assistant professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at Emory University. Dorothy Holland is professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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