•This important follow-up study accompanies the author's original report on the village culture of northwestern Nepal (Trans-Himalayan Traders, ISBN 9789745242012 based on work five decades earlier and recently reprinted)
•Both volumes will be of interest to social scientists, developmental workers and others focused on the changing South and Central Asian worlds
Returning to Tarang, a remote village in northwestern Nepal, 44 years after conducting his groundbreaking study there, anthropologist Fisher explores the ways in which modernization and mobility have transformed the livelihood and culture of these once-isolated people. Through individual life histories he constructs and analyzes the economic and cultural impacts that political, environmental and commercial revolutions in Nepalese society at large have had on the people of Tarang, both transforming their lives and also consolidating and elaborating centuries-old societal patterns.Together with Fisher's original study (Trans-Himalayan Traders, ISBN 9789745242012 recently republished) this volume will be of interest to social scientists and others focused on the changing South and Central Asian worlds.
Contents: Acknowledgments, Note on Geographical Names, 1 Return of the Non-Native: You Can Go Home Again, 2 Lank Man: The Carpet Legacy, 3 Bhim and Sukar: Generation X, 4 Modern Migrants: Life in Kathmandu, 5 Dhanu: Yarsagumba and Politics, 6 Back to Tarang, 7 The Next Day, 8 The More Things Change, 9 Chandra Man Rokaya: Rags to Riches, 10 Conclusions, Postscript, Appendices, Bibliography, Index
Dr James F. Fisher has done fieldwork in Nepal off and on over the last 30 years, on Magar village economics and ecology, on education and tourism among Sherpas near Mount Everest, and more recently, on a person-centered ethnography of a Brahmin human rights activist. As a visiting Fulbright Professor, he spent two years helping start a new Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tribhuvan University. Dr. Fisher was Professor of Anthropology at Carleton College for some 38 years, retiring in 2009. He is now Chair of Sociology and Anthropology at a new college he is helping to start in Bhutan.