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Current Dynamics in Transforming Nepal

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Item Code: NAP649
Author: Dilli Ram Dahal, Laya Prasad Uprety and Bipin Kumar Acharya
Publisher: Divine Arts
Language: English
Edition: 2018
ISBN: 9788189393573
Pages: 752 (10 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 10.0 inch X 7.0 inch
Weight 1.10 kg
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About The Book

This book is an outcome of the three day international conference which brought Nepali, South Asian, and other international scholars of anthropology, sociology and other social sciences into dialogue about the contemporary issues pertaining to the theories and practices of their respective disciplines. The articles published in this book have covered a wide range of social, cultural and development intervention and forced marginalization; transition to sustainability; social mobilization and governance; education, health and nutrition; cultural identities and culture conservation; Maoist movement and its effects; community laws; migration; media and reporting; federalism; climate change and its impacts; natural resource management; production of public knowledge; social and cultural change; disability and suffering; social exclusion; poverty; human rights and security, and symbolic violence. Anthropologists, sociologists and other social scientists working both in Nepal and abroad in academia as well as applied fields have made contributions to this edited volume of the book.

About The Author

Dilli Ram Dahal holds Ph.D in Anthropology. He is the Professor of Anthropology retired from Tribhuvan University. Formerly, he worked at Center for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS) and Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology. He is the former President of SASON. He can be reached at dahal.dilliram485@gmail.com or dillir85@gmail.com

Laya Prasad Uprety holds Ph.D. in Anthropology. He is the Professor of Anthropology at the Central Department of Anthropology (CDA), Tribhuvan University. He is the former General Secretary of SASON. Currently, he is the Head of the CDA. He can be reached at upretylaya@gmail.com

Bipin Kumar Acharya holds Ph.D in Anthropology. He is the Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Sociology/Anthropology (DOSA), Patan Multiple Campus (PMC), Tribhuvan University. He is the former Head of the DOSA/PMC. Currently, he is the General Secretary of SASON.


These proceedings are an outcome of the three –day International Conference held in Kathmandu on December 14 -16, 2013 on the theme –Current Dynamics in Transforming Nepal. This conference brought Nepali, South Asian, and other international scholars into dialogue about contemporary currents in anthropological and sociological theory and practice.

The aim of the conference was to sustain dialogue among anthropologies, sociologists and other social scientists in the international community by focusing on broadly constituted themes in the socio –cultural theory. It was a public conference open to the international community. A call for papers and panels was disseminated widely in North America, Europe, and Asia with particular attempt to encourage participation of scholars in South Asia and to encourage significant collaboration among all scholars. Selected panels and papers were framed within topics in general and comparative theoretical frames of analysis as part of a larger effort of taking stock of the current situation and future prospects of anthropology, sociology and related social sciences. An organizing committee was formed for the conference. The SASON conference committee selected complementary panels from those proposed with an emphasis on panels focused on general anthropological and sociological questions. During the conference, a total of 70 papers presented in those sessions reorganised into 10 different sub –themes/panels.

The editors have made attempts to retain the core ideas of the authors intact as they were written by them. I would like to thank all the authors for their patience in waiting for this volume and the trust they have maintained on SASON. Many individuals and institutions have provided moral and material support at different stages, right from organization of the conference to the publication of this volume. I would like to thank WWF/Hariyo Ban Program, Social Inclusion Research Fund, University Grant Commission and National Trust for Nature Conservation, Kathmandu for their finanicial and technical support.

I would like to express special thanks to Prof. Dilli Ram Dahai and Prof. Chaitanya Mishra for presenting insightful key notes in this conferences Kumar Acharya of SASON who were involved in editorial tasks. I would like to express my gratitude to Mr. Jagadish Pokhral for his help in language editing of the papers published in this volume. Thanks are also due to Bhanu Timesena, Bipin Poudel, Krishna Thapaliya, for her tireless efforts in making the Conference successful.


Content Page No
Foreword III
Editor's Note V
Welcome Address XIII
Presdential Address XV
Vote of Thanks Xxi
Part One  
Keynotes and Commemorative Paper  
1. History, Structure and Conceptualization and Categorization in Sociology 3
2. Making Space by Nepali Anthropologists: An Appraisal 21
Commemorative Paper  
3. In Memory of Prof. Santa Bahadur Gurung Bipin K. Acharya 38
Part Two  
Cultural Identity, Movement and Governance  
4. Diversity and Reconstructions of Identities in Contemporary Nepal 47
5.Cultural Conservation and Identity Making: The Public Anthropology of Ethnic Museums and Heritage Sites 60
6. Public Understanding of the Government at Local Level 70
7. Maoist Movement in Nepal: Implications for India 86
8. The Narrative of Chawa: The Yamphu Notion of Self, Identity and Territory 101
9. Caste and Identity: An Ethnographic Study of Dalit Students 112
10. Does Law Exist in the Informal (Stateless) Society? A Study of Community Laws and Justice System of the Kissans of Eastern Nepal 122
11. The Magers, their History and Identity in the Eyes of Scholars 135
Part Three  
Development, Social Mobilization and Poverty  
12. Development Impact: Forced Marginalization or Retrofitting of Economy? 149
13. Dependency while Producing Public Knowledge: An experience from Post -1990 Nepal 162
14. Applicability of Transition Management and Backcasting in Nepal: A Case Study from Kaule, Nuwakot District 177
15. The Potential of Harmonization of Modern Development with Traditional Cultures: Effects of Migration on Traditional Tamang Society in Nepal 190
16. Alcoholism and Poverty: An Incessant Relationship 206
17. Social Mobilization for Democratizing Local Governance and Development in Nepal: Lessons from Local Goverence and Community Development Program 215
18. Disguised Development: Reigning Chaos 236
19. Concept of Development for the Ethnic Communities: A Boon or Bane? Field Experience from the Chenchus/ Savaras (in India) and Newers (in Nepal) 249
Part Four  
Disability and Social Inclusion/Exclusion  
20. Disability and Suffering: The Challenges Faced by People with Physical Disability 267
21. Overcoming Barriers to Higher Education: The Experience of University Graduates with Disabilities 280
22. Poverty as Living with Disability 293
Part Five  
Education, Health and Nutrition  
23. Diet, Physical Activity and Morbidity Profiles of the Elderly in a Kolkata Neighbourhood: An Exploratory Study 309
24. Technical Education and Poverty Reduction in Nepalese Rural Village: Focusing on Chapagaun VDC Lalitpur, Nepal 325
25. Missing Category: Mental Health in School Level Education 337
26. Role of Education in Social Inclusion of Muslims in Nepal 349
27. Medical Pratices among Hyolmos: An Overview 371
Part Six  
Gender and Womenhood  
28. Personal Narratives of Thekali Women: Education and Aspiration 387
29. Abused Girl Children in a slum of Behrampur (India) 399
30. 'In the Modern Way': Women, Development, and Modernity in Urban Nepal 408
31. Gender Mainstreaming: Challenge as Perceived among Nepalese Professionals 420
32. Sexuality in the Making: Nepali Rural Women's Experience 439
33. Patriachy and the Politics of Gender Identity in Nepal 454
34. Construction of Masculinity in Vedic Society: A Sociological Analysis 466
35. A Study on Effect of Biogas in Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) from Gender Perpecitves. 475
Part Seven  
Human Rights, Violence and Security  
36. Concepts and Major Initiatives of Human Security 489
37. Schemata of Hiv/Aids and Human Rights in Nepal: Community Legal Empowerment through Documentation of Human Rights Violations 505
38. Symbolic Violence in Inter-Caste Marriage Between Dalit and Non-Dalit 519
Part Eight  
Media, Society and Culture  
39. Nuances of News Reporting: A Socio -Cultural Assessment 533
40. Nepali Print Media in Post -2006 Frame: Acquainting the Masses on Federalism 544
Part Nine  
Natural Resource Management  
41. Perceived Impacts of Climate Change and Sociocultural Practices for Adaptation 557
42. Ethnography of Supply -Driven Groundwater Irrigation Development: A Case Study from Central Tarai of Nepal 570
43. Role of Community forests in Sustainable Rural Development: A Case Study of Buddha Community Forest 593
Part Ten  
Social and Cultural Change  
44. Polyandry in Relation to Natural Resource Conservation: A Case Study of Upper Mustang 607
45. Changes in Chepang Village in the Days of Nepal's Nation Building 618
46. Weakening Jat Samaj and Changing Inter -Caste Relations among the Musahars in Tarai Villages 630
47. Caste/Ethnic Dimensions of Change and Inequality in Nepal 645
48. Unveiling in the Making: Changes in the Practice of Ghunghat among Maithil Women 658
49. Neo -Sanskritization for Inclusive Development through Comprehensive Education 668
50. How Homogenous are the Bahuns? 686
About the Editors and the Authors 704
Annex I: Schedule of the International Conference 708
Annex II: List of Conference Particitpants 714
Annex III: SASON Executive Committee and the Members 718
Annex IV: List of Life Members 721
Annex V: Other Publications of SASON 723
Index 724
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