This book is an outcome of the three day international conference which brought Nepali, South Asian, and other international scholars of anthropology, sociology and other social sciences into dialogue about the contemporary issues pertaining to the theories and practices of their respective disciplines. The articles published in this book have covered a wide range of social, cultural and development intervention and forced marginalization; transition to sustainability; social mobilization and governance; education, health and nutrition; cultural identities and culture conservation; Maoist movement and its effects; community laws; migration; media and reporting; federalism; climate change and its impacts; natural resource management; production of public knowledge; social and cultural change; disability and suffering; social exclusion; poverty; human rights and security, and symbolic violence. Anthropologists, sociologists and other social scientists working both in Nepal and abroad in academia as well as applied fields have made contributions to this edited volume of the book.
About The Author
Dilli Ram Dahal holds Ph.D in Anthropology. He is the Professor of Anthropology retired from Tribhuvan University. Formerly, he worked at Center for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS) and Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology. He is the former President of SASON. He can be reached at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Laya Prasad Uprety holds Ph.D. in Anthropology. He is the Professor of Anthropology at the Central Department of Anthropology (CDA), Tribhuvan University. He is the former General Secretary of SASON. Currently, he is the Head of the CDA. He can be reached at email@example.com
Bipin Kumar Acharya holds Ph.D in Anthropology. He is the Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Sociology/Anthropology (DOSA), Patan Multiple Campus (PMC), Tribhuvan University. He is the former Head of the DOSA/PMC. Currently, he is the General Secretary of SASON.
These proceedings are an outcome of the three –day International Conference held in Kathmandu on December 14 -16, 2013 on the theme –Current Dynamics in Transforming Nepal. This conference brought Nepali, South Asian, and other international scholars into dialogue about contemporary currents in anthropological and sociological theory and practice.
The aim of the conference was to sustain dialogue among anthropologies, sociologists and other social scientists in the international community by focusing on broadly constituted themes in the socio –cultural theory. It was a public conference open to the international community. A call for papers and panels was disseminated widely in North America, Europe, and Asia with particular attempt to encourage participation of scholars in South Asia and to encourage significant collaboration among all scholars. Selected panels and papers were framed within topics in general and comparative theoretical frames of analysis as part of a larger effort of taking stock of the current situation and future prospects of anthropology, sociology and related social sciences. An organizing committee was formed for the conference. The SASON conference committee selected complementary panels from those proposed with an emphasis on panels focused on general anthropological and sociological questions. During the conference, a total of 70 papers presented in those sessions reorganised into 10 different sub –themes/panels.
The editors have made attempts to retain the core ideas of the authors intact as they were written by them. I would like to thank all the authors for their patience in waiting for this volume and the trust they have maintained on SASON. Many individuals and institutions have provided moral and material support at different stages, right from organization of the conference to the publication of this volume. I would like to thank WWF/Hariyo Ban Program, Social Inclusion Research Fund, University Grant Commission and National Trust for Nature Conservation, Kathmandu for their finanicial and technical support.
I would like to express special thanks to Prof. Dilli Ram Dahai and Prof. Chaitanya Mishra for presenting insightful key notes in this conferences Kumar Acharya of SASON who were involved in editorial tasks. I would like to express my gratitude to Mr. Jagadish Pokhral for his help in language editing of the papers published in this volume. Thanks are also due to Bhanu Timesena, Bipin Poudel, Krishna Thapaliya, for her tireless efforts in making the Conference successful.
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