Contested Hierarchies: A Collaborative Ethnography of Caste among the Newars of the Kathmandu…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorDavid N. Gellner, Declan Quigley

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The urban civilization of the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley provides a paradigm for the study of caste and Hindu kingship. In this book, six anthropologists, in a genuinely collaborative international endeavour, pool their knowledge of the three ancient Newar cities of Kathmandu, Lalitpur,and Bhaktapur, and settlements nearby. The social institutions of all the main case groups - priests, patrons, artisans, farmers, and low castes - are given extended consideration, and the study is framed by a historical introduction and a comparative conclusion. In addition, it is wellillustrated with fascinating black and white photos which have been specially taken to illustrate aspects of the society under study. The result is the most complete description and analysis yet of a regional caste system. Located within wider theoretical debates surrounding the nature of caste, the book should appeal not only to students of Hinduism and South Asia, but to all anthropologists and comparative sociologistsinterested in the interrelations of politics, ritual, kinship, economy, and ideology in complex, pre-industrial societies.

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The urban civilization of the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley provides a paradigm for the study of caste and Hindu kingship. In this book, six anthropologists, in a genuinely collaborative international endeavour, pool their knowledge of the three ancient Newar cities of Kathmandu, Lalitpur,and Bhaktapur, and settlements nearby. The s...

David N. Gellner is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Brunel University. Declan Quigley is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the Queen's University of Belfast.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:378 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780198279600

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`Not only provides an innovative study into the role caste plays in the Kathmandu Valley, but also develops a systematic approach for the study of caste in general. The book is a well-rounded and balanced work.'Himalayan Research Bulletin