Berghahn Books turns 25! Get 25% off all books!
Berghahn Books Logo

berghahn New York · Oxford

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
The Partial Revolution: Labour, Social Movements and the Invisible Hand of Mao in Western Nepal

View Table of Contents

Volume 21


Email Newsletters

Sign up for our email newsletters to get customized updates on new Berghahn publications.

Click here to select your preferences

The Partial Revolution

Labour, Social Movements and the Invisible Hand of Mao in Western Nepal

Michael Hoffmann

25th Anniversary Sale, 25% off all books! Add coupon code BB25

232 pages, 22 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-780-2 25% OFF! $120.00/£85.00 $90.00/£63.75 Hb Published (January 2018)

eISBN 978-1-78533-781-9 eBook

Hb View cartYour country: United States - Click here to remove geolocation   Buy the eBook! 25% off $29.95 $22.46 Request a Review or Examination Copy (in Digital Format) Recommend to your Library Available in GOBI®


“With this book, Hoffmann makes an important contribution to the ethnography of Maoism in Nepal, as well as providing much needed ethnographic insight into an area of western Nepal which has received relatively little scholarly attention, yet remains at the center of recent political upheavals.” · Sara Shneiderman, University of British Columbia


Located in the far-western Tarai region of Nepal, Kailali has been the site of dynamic social and political change in recent history. The Partial Revolution examines Kailali in the aftermath of Nepal’s Maoist insurgency, critically examining the ways in which revolutionary political mobilization changes social relations—often unexpectedly clashing with the movement’s ideological goals. Focusing primarily on the end of Kailali’s feudal system of bonded labor, Hoffmann explores the connection between politics, labor, and Mao’s legacy, documenting the impact of changing political contexts on labor relations among former debt-bonded laborers.

Michael Hoffmann is a Senior Research Fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin. Previously, he worked as a post-doc fellow at the Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology in Cologne and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle Germany. He received his PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in 2012.

Subject: Political Economy Development Studies Peace & Conflict Studies
Area: Asia


List of Illustrations
Note on Transliteration

Introduction: The Maoist Victory Rally


Chapter 1. Urban Festivals and Post-Conflict Patronage
Chapter 2. The Occupation of Symbolic Space in Town
Chapter 3. Learning to Protest: The Freed Kamaiya Movement
Chapter 4. Maoists and Labour Unions in Town


Chapter 5. Red Salute at Work in a Brick Factory
Chapter 6. The Revolutionary Legacy and Debt Bondage

Conclusion: The Partial Revolution




Back to Top

Library Recommendation Form

Dear Librarian,

I would like to recommend The Partial Revolution Labour, Social Movements and the Invisible Hand of Mao in Western Nepal for the library. Please include it in your next purchasing review with my strong recommendation. The RRP is: $120.00

I recommend this title for the following reasons:

BENEFIT FOR THE LIBRARY: This book will be a valuable addition to the library's collection.

REFERENCE: I will refer to this book for my research/teaching work.

STUDENT REFERRAL: I will regularly refer my students to the book to assist their studies.

OWN AFFILIATION: I am an editor/contributor to this book or another book in the Series (where applicable) and/or on the Editorial Board of the Series, of which this volume is part.