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- BNAC Brochure 2019 Download
ब्रिटिस गोर्खा निवृत्तिभरणसम्बन्धी नीतिहरू र भूतपूर्व गोर्खा अभियान: एक समीक्षा (Nepali, 2019)
[British Gurkha Pension Policies and Ex-Gurkha Campaigns: A Review; Nepali trans., Updated 2019)Download
Editor: Krishna P. Adhikari
Authors: Chandra Laksamba, Krishna P. Adhikari, Lokendra Purush Dhakal, David N. Gellner.
Publisher: Centre for Nepal Studies UK (Reading)
Vernacular Religion Cultural Politics, Community Belonging, and Personal Practice in the UK’s Nepali Diaspora (2019)
Editor. David N. Gellner
Publishers: Vajra Books, and Centre for Nepal Studies UK.
Nepalis in the UK are one of Britain’s newest ethnic minority communities. Already highly visible because of the Gurkha connection, in an extraordinarily short time they have made their mark on the British landscape and created 100s of community organizations.
How far does this impressive associational impulse simply re-create patterns found in Nepal and how far does it represent a series of new departures?
Does the new context in which Nepalis find themselves prevent them from following certain traditional practices (e.g. shamanism)? Does it also liberate them and enable other practices?
Do the social hierarchies and historical distinctions of Nepal still matter in the UK?
How much of a gap is there between public performance and private practice? And why is the gap bigger in some cases than in others?
Faced with the inescapable imperative to act ritually (after death, for example), how do UK-based Nepalis respond to these various dilemmas?
What debates are generated when UK Nepalis attempt to map the Enlightenment distinctions of culture, religion, and politics on to inherited Nepali practices? Does the characteristic Nepali (and indeed Asian) polytropic approach to religion have something to teach us about how religion should be approached in general?
These essays—all products of the Vernacular Religion project (2009–12), part of the AHRC’s Religion and Society programme—attempt to address these questions on the basis of detailed field research. They seek to provide an introduction to the full range of religious arguments and experiences of the UK’s diverse Nepali population.Download
Tourism and Nationalism in Nepal: A Developing Country Perspective (2018)
Author: Kalyan BhandariDownload
102 pages | 2 B/W Illus.
This book explores the role of tourism in the expression of nationalism in Nepal. It investigates assemblage of images, emblems, and symbols of Nepali nationhood in various touristic representations and narratives from Nepali travellers and diasporic visitors to showcase how they express nationhood and stimulate a strong sentiment of national feeling and belonging. The book suggests that touristic settings in Nepal provide a venue for articulation of nation, first through internal ascription, that is, the construction of identity by citizens with the nation; and second, through the promotion of distinctive touristic identity through the assertion of national uniqueness and distinguishing the nation within the larger international community.
Given the recent great political changes, post-conflict nation rebuilding, and development, Nepal offers a fascinating case study on the role of tourism and nationalism. This book will be of great interest to students, scholars, and professionals working in tourism and heritage studies, sociology, anthropology, geography, political science, and area studies, as well as those interested in the study of developing societies.
Global Nepalis : Religion, Culture, and Community in a New and Old Diaspora
Edited by David N. Gellner and Edited by Sondra L. Hausner
540 Pages | Various, 10 Figures, 9 Tables
Contributors: Krishna P. Adhikari, Radha Adhikari, Tristan Bruslé, Sienna R. Craig, Florence Gurung, Nawang Tsering Gurung, Susan Hangen, Sushma Joshi, Chandra K. Laksamba, Kelvin E.Y. Low, Kathryn March, Mitra Pariyar, Anil Sakya, Bhimsen Sapkota, Jeevan Raj Sharma, Bal Gopal Shrestha, Bandita Sijapati, Anna Stirr, Mélanie Vandenhelsken
Migration has always been a feature of Nepali society. Waves of Khas, Brahmans, and associated service castes were already moving south and east through the Himalayan foothills a millennium ago. As the population expanded, Nepalis from all backgrounds have continually moved onwards in search of new farmland and new opportunities, often encouraged to do so by local communities, local headmen, and the state. In the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, that process continued eastwards from present-day Nepal into the north-east of India and beyond. Over the last thirty years international labour migration, as well as migration consequent on tertiary education, has radically changed the patterns of settlement of Nepalis outside their homeland. The present volume covers the many different contexts-from the USA to the Gulf, from India to Burma and Singapore-where large numbers of Nepalis are settled or working long-term. Taken together, and organized by region of settlement, the contributions in this book provide a comprehensive overview of Nepali diaspora populations around the world in their contemporary contexts. The common theme binding this volume is the exploration of the process of ‘ethnogenesis’ or the emergence of strong ethnic identities in which the contributors analyse how such identities strengthen more easily in the diaspora with a large population, than in the homeland.Download
Crossing the Border to India: Youth, Migration, and Masculinities in Nepal
Author: Jeevan R. SharmaDownload
“Sharma’s Crossing the Border to India is a sensitive ethnography that conveys what it is like to be a Nepali migrant in India. Especially valuable is the fact that gender (masculinity) and the life course are central to this cultural account of a phenomenon that has hitherto been dominated by quantitative analyses. The vignettes are excellent and the characters are recognizable throughout the book.”
—David N. Gellner, Professor of Anthropology, University of Oxford, author of The Anthropology of Buddhism and Hinduism: Weberian Themes, and editor of Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia
Evolving Narratives of Hazard and Risk: The Gorkha Earthquake, Nepal, 2015 (2018))
Editors: Louise Bracken, Hanna Ruszczyk andTom RobinsonDownload
1st ed. 2018, XXI, 192 p.
Draws from multiple perspective of the Gorkha earthquake in 2015 to inform Disaster Risk Reduction research and practice
Provides reflections and interviews from people caught up in the Gorkha 2015 earthquake and involved in managing emergency response and immediate recovery efforts
Includes an investigation on earthquake damage and inappropriate post-disaster responses as well as noting the limited protection offered to monuments and their subsurface heritage
Religion, Secularism, and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal (2016)
Edited by David N. Gellner, Sondra L. Hausner & and Chiara Letizia.
Page 512. Oxford University Press, Delhi
Religion in Nepal is changing as Nepalese society transforms and globalizes. New middle-class movements and new forms of ethnic identity challenge older traditions. Nepalis face new questions about shamanism, animal sacrifice, meditation, healing, and how the state should deal with a multi-cultural and multi-religious society. Eleven detailed case studies, contextualized by a substantial introduction and a comparative Afterword by renowned political theorist, Rajeev Bhargava, describe and analyse how religion is practised in Nepal today.Download
Social Transformation in Post-conflict Nepal A Gender Perspective By Punam Yadav (2016)
Social Transformation in Post-conflict Nepal
A Gender Perspective
By Punam Yadav
© 2016 – Routledge
181 pages | 4 B/W Illus.Download
- Programme and Abstracts Book -Nepal Study Days Oxford (Unpublished) Download
Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia- By David Gellner (ed) (2013)
Borderland Lives in Northern South AsiaDownload
Editor(s): David N. Gellner
Contributor(s): David N. Gellner, Anastasia Piliavsky, Radhika Gupta, Nayanika Mathur, Sondra L. Hausner, Jeevan R. Sharma, Rosalind Evans, Deepak K. Mishra, Vibha Joshi, Nicholas Farrelly, Jason Cons, Annu Jalais, Willem van Schendel
Illustrations: 16 photographs, 14 maps
British Gurkha Pension Policies and Ex-Gurkha Campaigns by CNSUK (2013)
British Gurkha Pension Policies and Ex-Gurkha Campaigns. Published by Centre for Nepal Studies UK (CNSUK). 2013. Contributors: Dr Chandra Laksamba, Dr Krishna Adhikari, Mr Lokendra Dhakal, and Prof David Gellner. For more information please email: [email protected]
Book: Constitutional Nationalism and Legal Exclusion – By Mara Malagodi (2013)
Constitutional Nationalism and Legal Exclusion: Equality, Identity Politics and Democracy in Nepal 1990-2007, by Dr Mara Malagodi. Oxford University Press. For details, please click download below.Download
Directory of Nepalese in the UK- by CNSUK (2013)
CNSUK published Directory of Nepalis 2013 (Individuals, Businesses and Organisations) in the UK.Download
Book on the First Nepali in the UK- by Krishna Adhikari (2013)
The Mysterious Life of Motilal Singh as the First Nepali in England, and his Historical Publication (with Translation). Reading: Centre for Nepal Studies UK. [in Nepali] by Dr Krishna Adhikari. For details, please follow the link below.Download