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Fluid Boundaries Forming and Transforming Identity in Nepal

ISBN-10: 0231110871

ISBN-13: 9780231110877

Edition: 2001

Authors: William F. Fisher

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More than an ethnography, this book attempts to clarify one of the most important debates in anthropology: how should anthropologists regard culture, history, and the power process?
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/24/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 316
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

List of Maps and Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Thakali Again for the Very First Time
Meeting at the Crossroads
Searching for Culture in the Past
Imagining Thakali
Borderlands
Tourists in Their Own Land
Reclaiming Culture
Agency/Action/Practice
Fluid Boundaries
Drawing Lines: On Constructing and Contesting Boundaries
The Terms of Boundary Disputes
Thak Khola
The Term Thakali
Contesting Boundaries
Membership and Status, Groups and Categories
Among the Thaksatsae Thakali: Ties That Bind, Lines That Divide
Cutting Across Descent
Khuwale and Thak Khole
Summary: Criss-Crossing Boundaries
Forging Histories
Historical Narrative(s)
Thakali Narratives of the Past
Scholarship and the Reconstruction of the Past
The Formation of the Gurkhali State
The Effects of Nation Building
Post-Salt Monopoly Adaptations
Enter the Anthropologists, Surmising
Separation and Integration: Community and Contestation
Moving On
Samaj
Integration and Solidarity/Competition and Cooperation
Dhikur: Rotating Credit
Politics
Ritual Landscapes
Eclectic Ritual Pluralism
Ancestor Rituals: "We Don't Have Any Gods"
Mortuary Rites
Marriages: Khimi Tapne
Torongla
Subclan Rites: Khimi Ramden
Subclan Rites: Jho Khane
Lha Phewa and Thakali Clans
Migration and Descent Group Rituals
Codifying Culture
Codification and Contestation
Forming a National Samaj
Institutionalizing Contestation
A New Social Order
Codified Culture
Initial Responses to the Formation of the Thakali Sewa Samiti
The Integration of the Khuwale
Nationally Drawn Boundaries Locally Imposed
Ongoing Changes
Constructing Thakali
First Contacts, First Constructs
Revisionist Constructions
Thakali Reconstructed
Beyond Sanskritization
Narijhowa
Speaking of Thakali
On Boundaries
On Boundary Making
Beyond Sanskritization
Old Artificers in a New Smithy
Notes
Glossary
Works Cited
Index