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Local Democracy in South Asia free pdf This book is a compilation of 15 chapters that examine in ethnographic detail the ways in which democracy is actually experienced and implemented across South Asia. The first part of the book comprises 9 chapters on Nepal. These provide diverse case studies of the actual practice of democracy in particular villages, ethnic organizations, historically evolving developmental processes, the politically volatile Tarai region and the areas controlled by the Nepalese Maoist movement.Other chapters examine the roles of leaders and of groups that capture control of state-owned resources in remote areas. The second part of the book consists of studies from across South Asia, including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The juxtaposition of these different studies brings out common themes relating to the struggle for gender equality, the challenge of ethnic and caste subordination, the rise to power of previously 'backward groups' and the ways in which patron-client links structure politics and resource allocation in the region. This volume is unusual in its attention to ethnographic detail combined with its insistence on looking at how democracy actually does work, rather than how it should work according to some ideal schema. The volume suggests that many of the social and political processes at work need to be understood simultaneously from both supra- and subnational perspectives.

About David N. Gellner

David N Gellner is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls. 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). Among his other edited volumes are Contested Hierarchies: A Collaborative Ethnography of Caste among the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal (with D. Quigley, 1995), Nationalism and Ethnicity in a Hindu Kingdom (with J. Pfaff-Czarnecka and J. Whelpton, Harwood, 1997- 2nd edition, 2008), Resistance and the State: Nepalese Experiences (2003- Berghahn, 2007), Nepalis Inside and Outside Nepal and Political and Social Transformations in North India and Nepal (both with H. Ishii and K. Nawa, 2007), Local Democracy in South Asia (with K. Hachhethu, 2008), and Ethnic Activism and Civil Society in South Asia (2009). Krishna Hachhethu is Reader in Political Science and associated with the Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS), Tribhuvan University. He is one of the Nepali directors of the MIDEA project. He is the author of Party Building in Nepal: Organization, Leadership and People (Mandala, 2002) and State of Democracy in Nepal (SDSA/N and International IDEA, 2004), and the co-author of Leadership in Nepal (Adroit, 2001), Women and Governance: Re-imagining the State from Gender Perspective (Nepal chapter) (S2, 2002), and Nepal: Local Leadership and Governance (Adroit, 2004). He has contributed articles to several academic books and journals published in Nepal and abroad.

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Author : David N. Gellner
Publisher : Sage Publications India Pvt Ltd
Data Published : 05 February 2008
ISBN : 0761936505
EAN : 9780761936503
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 472 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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