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Resistance and the State

Nepalese Experiences

Edited by David Gellner

368 pages, biblio, index

ISBN  978-1-84545-216-2 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (April 2007)

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"All of the chapters are valuable and insightful and several have genuinely new things to say…the book is an extremely important and valuable contribution to the literature on Nepal."  ·  JRAI

There has been growing concern about "failed states" around the world, and since the massacre of the Royal family in Nepal in 2001 increasing media attention has focused on the decline of the state and the rise of the Maoist rebels in this Himalayan kingdom where so many Westerners have taken trekking vacations. Development was always going to be a problem in Nepal, but few predicted the precipitous collapse of the state in rural areas in the face of the Maoist insurgency beginning in 1996 due, to a large extent, to the failure of the state to deliver promised development and benefits; instead, it became more and more authoritarian, even oppressive. Exploring the complex relationship between a modernizing, developmentalist state and the people it professes to represent, these fascinating and readable accounts of ordinary people's lives depict the various contexts out of which the Maoist insurgency grew.

David Gellner is Lecturer in the Anthropology of South Asia, University of Oxford. He is the author of Monk, Householder, and Tantric Priest (1992) and The Anthropology of Buddhism and Hinduism: Weberian Themes (2001), and the co-author (with Sarah LeVine) of Rebuilding Buddhism: The Theravada Movement in Twentieth-Century Nepal (2005).

Subject: Development Studies General Anthropology
Area: Asia

LC: JQ628.A58 G448 2007

BL: YC.2007.a.13684

BISAC: BUS092000 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS/Development/General; SOC042000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Developing Countries; SOC002000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/General

BIC: GTF Development studies; JHM Anthropology


List of Tables
List of Plates and Maps
List of Contributors

Introduction: Transformations of the Nepalese State
David N. Gellner


Chapter 1. A Heterotopia of Resistance: Health, Community Forestry, and Challenges to State Centralization in Nepal
Ian Harper and Christopher Tarnowski

Chapter 2. Resisting the Environmentalist State
Ben Campbell

Chapter 3. The Politics of Difference and the Reach of Modernity: Reflections on the State and Civil Society in Central Nepal
William F. Fisher

Chapter 4. Nepali Politics: People-Parties Interface
Krishna Hachhethu


Chapter 5. How Representative is the Nepali State?
Karl-Heinz Krämer

Chapter 6. An ‘Indigenous Minority’ in a Border Area: Tharu Ethnic Associations, NGOs, and the Nepalese State
Gisèle Krauskopff

Chapter 7. The History of the Messianic and Rebel King Lakhan Thapa: Utopia and Ideology among the Magars
Marie Lecomte-Tilouine


Chapter 8. Democracy and Dissent in Nepal: An Overview with Some Perceptions from Dhorpatan
Colin Millard

Chapter 9. Guns, Kinship, and Fear: Maoists among the Tamu-mai (Gurungs)
Judith Pettigrew

Chapter 10. The Kham Magar Country: Between Ethnic Claims and Maoism
Anne de Sales

Person Index
General Index

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