Views from the Field- Anthropological Perspectives on the Constituent Assembly Elections

Views from the Field- Anthropological Perspectives on the Constituent Assembly Elections


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Views from the Field

Anthropological Perspectives on
the Constituent Assembly Elections

(Baha Occasional Paper II)


David Holmberg

Judith Pettigrew

Mukta S. Tamang

with an introduction by

David N. Gellner

2009, pp iv+52

Price: US$ 8


This publication is based on a panel
discussion convened by the Social Science Baha on 17 April, 2008, a week after
the Constituent Assembly election. The Baha invited three anthropologists with
long-term experience in various parts of Nepal, David Holmberg, Judy Pettigrew
and Mukta S. Tamang, to offer their observations on the election, drawing upon
their in-depth local knowledge to contextualise their experiences within the
broader political, social, and cultural processes ongoing in their fieldsites.
A fourth anthropologist, David N. Gellner, joined them as commentator and also
to provide his own perspective from his role as an international observer on
Election Day.


David N. Gellner is Professor of
Social Anthropology and a Fellow of All Souls College in the University of
Oxford. Among his recent edited books are Ethnic Activism and Civil Society
in South Asia
(2009), Local Democracy in South Asia (with K.
Hachhethu, 2008), Nationalism and Ethnicity in Nepal (with J.
Pfaff-Czarnecka and J. Whelpton, 2008), Nepalis Inside and Outside Nepal and
Political and Social Transformations in North India and Nepal (both with
H. Ishii and K. Nawa, 2007), and Resistance and the State: Nepalese
(2003). He is the author of Rebuilding Buddhism: The
Theravada Movement in Twentieth-Century Nepal
(with Sarah LeVine; 2005), The
Anthropology of Buddhism and Hinduism: Weberian Themes
(2001), and Monk,
Householder, and Tantric Priest: Newar Buddhism and its Hierarchy of Ritual


David Holmberg is Professor of
Anthropology and Asian Studies and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at
Cornell University, New York. He has conducted research principally among the
Tamang of Nuwakot and Rasuwa Districts since the mid-1970s, focusing on ritual
and social organisation, forced labour regimes during the Rana period, and more
recently, culture and power. He is the author of Order in Paradox: Myth,
Ritual, and Exchange among Nepal’s Tamang


Judith Pettigrew is a social
anthropologist who has conducted research in central Nepal since 1990. She
holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, and is a lecturer
at the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, University of Limerick,


Mukta S. Tamang is an anthropologist
affiliated with Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Tribhuvan University. He
completed his PhD in anthropology from Cornell University in 2008 with the
dissertation entitled ‘Himalayan Indigeneity: Histories, Memory, and Identity
among Tamang in Nepal’. His publications include ‘Culture, Caste and Ethnicity
in the Maoist Movement’, Studies in Nepali History and Society (2006);
‘Emotional Aspects of Peer Relations among Children in Rural Nepal’ (with
Pamela Cole and Alice Walker) in X. Chen, D.C. French, and B.H. Schneider
(eds), Peer Relationships in Cultural Context (2006); ‘The Working of
Democracy in Nepal’, Seminar (2005); and ‘Cultural Diversity and
Democracy in Nepal’, Himalayan Research Bulletin (2002).

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