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1 David N. Gellner (Ed.)
Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2014; 8125054235 / 9788125054238; Hardcover; New; New; 
Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia provides valuable new ethnographic insights into life along some of the most contentious borders in the world. The collected essays portray existence at different points across India's northern frontiers and, in one instance, along borders within India. Whether discussing Shi'i Muslims striving to be patriotic Indians in the Kashmiri district of Kargil or Bangladeshis living uneasily in an enclave surrounded by Indian territory, the contributors show that state borders in Northern South Asia are complex sites of contestation.India's borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma/Myanmar, China and Nepal encompass radically different ways of life, a whole spectrum of relationships to the state, and many struggles with urgent identity issues. Taken together, the essays show how it is possible to comprehend Northern South Asia's various nation-state projects without relapsing into conventional nationalist accounts.Academic borderland studies are dominated by examples from North America (especially the US-Mexico border) and from Europe; this volume shows that examples from Northern South Asia also deserve a central place in discussions of borders and state-making.Printed Pages: 320. 101752

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2 David N. Gellner and Declan Quigley
Contested Hierarchies
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 1998; 019564848X / 9780195648485; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Contested Hierarchies is an innovative collaborative study by six anthroplogists (two British, one American, one French, one Japanese and one Nepali) of a famous complex society, that of the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Focusing on the core institutions of kinship and intercaste relations, the different contributions toContested Hierarchies analyse the cultural specificities of Newar society. Printed Pages: 378 with numerous halftones. 017705

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3 David N. Gellner
Ethnic Activism and Civil Society in South Asia
Sage Publications; New Delhi, India; 2009; 8132100867 / 9788132100867; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
This volume, the second in the Governance, Conflict, and Civic Action series, examines civil society in South Asia through case studies of different kinds of ethnic (‘communal’) activism. With chapters covering Nepal, Sri Lanka, and India (Darjeeling, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Tamil Nadu), it avoids the ‘methodological nationalism’ so frequent in social science publications on the region. The articles examine Hindu nationalism, Dalit activism in India and Nepal, and the Janajati movement in Nepal, and show how they are animated by common ideals and themes, such as emphasis on the involvement of youth, the assertion of pride and masculinity, the desire to resist injustice and reassess previously stigmatized symbols, the importance of land and belonging, and so on. South Asian civil society is a site of constant struggle. This volume shows how ethnic activists wrestle with official classifications and the categories of daily, traditional practices and attempt to turn these to their advantage, often bringing about radical social, political, and intellectual change as a result. It also argues that ethnic movements need to be investigated by social scientists as a part of civil society, and it shows how this can be done. Ethnic Activism and Civil Society in South Asia will be an ideal reference for those interested in ethnicity, sociology, political science, anthropology, and South Asian studies. Printed Pages: 372. 028820

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4 David N. Gellner and Krishna Hachhethu (eds)
Local Democracy in South Asia: Microprocesses of Democratization in Nepal and Its Neighbours
Sage Publications; New Delhi, India; 2008; 0761936505 / 9780761936503; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
This volume, the first in a new series on governance, conflict, and civic action in South Asia, focuses on the larger countries of South Asia—Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and especially Nepal. The 15 essays in this volume analyze democracy both as a process and as a value. The essays also examine in ethnographic detail the way in which democracy is actually experienced in South Asia, ranging far beyond conventional political structures to look at conflict resolution, rhetorics of foreign aid, ethnic organizations, Maoist practices of local government, Dalit resistance, and so on. Many of the processes that are analyzed in depth in the Nepalese context are shown to have their analogues in other South Asian countries. By putting Nepalese political and social processes firmly within their South Asian context, the current political crisis in Nepal is shown to be neither so radically new and different, nor so insoluble as it might appear. At the same time, the view from the peripheries of South Asia throws into relief the extent to which India has evolved away from the traditional caste-determined patron-client structures that once formed the framework of political action there. The volume is a significant contribution to the study of how local democracy actually operates in South Asia. It will be of interest to political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, and development specialists. Printed Pages: 472. 028322

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5 David N. Gellner
Monk, Householder, And Tantric Priest: Newar Buddhism and Its Hierarchy of Ritual (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series)
Cambridge University Press; Cambridge, UK; 2009; 8185618135 / 9788185618135; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Many misconceptions circulate in the West about Tantric religion, whether Buddhist or Hindu, mainly because scholars have relied exclusively on textual sources. Here, for the first time, is an account of how Tantric Buddhism works in practice. Monk, Householder and Tantric Priest is a detailed ethnography of the Mahayana and vajrayana (Tantric) Buddhism of the Newars of the Kathmandu valley, Nepal. It describes the way of life and social organisation of the Hindu-Buddhist city of Lalitpur, the relationship of Buddhism to Hinduism, and the place of religion and ritual in the life of Newar Buddhists. The study of the Newars has wider implications for it allows us to grasp how Buddhism-works and worked in its original context of caste and Hindu Kingship. This is an important book which should appeal to those interested in Buddhism and religious studies specialists, as well as to South Asianists, sociologists and social anthropologists. Printed Pages: 456. 032890

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6 Sarah LeVine and David N. Gellner
Rebuilding Buddhism: The Theravada Movement in Twentieth-Century Nepal
Social Science Press and Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2008; 8187358394 / 9788187358398; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed pages: 390 with numerous b/w illustrations. 026030

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