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Political Change and Public Culture in Post-1990 Nepal

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  • Editors:
  • Michael Hutt, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • Pratyoush Onta, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Michael J. Hutt, Pratyoush Onta, Marie Lecomte-Tilouine, Mallika Shakya, Martin Gaenszle, Devraj Humagain, Harsha Man Maharjan, Ingemar Grandin, Monica Mottin, Kailash Rai, Seira Tamang, Laura Kunreuther
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  • Date Published: January 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107172234

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  • This book explores various domains of the Nepali public sphere in which ideas about democracy and citizenship have been debated and contested since 1990. It investigates the ways in which the public meaning of the major political and sociocultural changes that occurred in Nepal between 1990 and 2013 was constructed, conveyed and consumed. These changes took place against the backdrop of an enormous growth in literacy, the proliferation of print and broadcast media, the emergence of a public discourse on human rights, and the vigorous reassertion of linguistic, ethnic and regional identities. Scholars from a range of different disciplinary locations delve into debates on rumours, ethnicity and identity, activism and gender to provide empirically grounded histories of the nation during one of its most important political transitions.

    • Draws heavily on Nepali language sources to shed light on perceptions and understandings of political and societal change
    • Studies how the public culture of post-1990 Nepal was reconstituted between 1990 and 2013
    • Looks at non-dominant discourses in the print media, film, social media, drama, music, autobiography, and circulation of rumours to provide empirically grounded histories of the nation
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    • Date Published: January 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107172234
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Introduction: political change and public culture in post-1990 Nepal Michael J. Hutt and Pratyoush Onta
    Part I. Rumour:
    1. The Royal Palace Massacre, rumours and print media in Nepal Marie Lecomte-Tilouine
    2. The Royal Palace Massacre, conspiracy theories and Nepali street literature Michael J. Hutt
    3. Country of rumours: making sense of a Bollywood controversy Mallika Shakya
    Part II. Ethnicity and Identity:
    4. 'Numafung': images of Limbu culture in ethnic cinema Martin Gaenszle
    5. Janajati magazines and the contents of the subaltern counterpublic sphere during the 1990s Pratyoush Onta and Devraj Humagain
    6. Vote for Prashant Tamang: representations of an Indian idol in the Nepali print media and the retreat of multiculturalism Harsha Man Maharjan
    Part III. Activist Cultures:
    7. Mobilizing meanings: local cultural activism and Nepal's public culture Ingemar Grandin
    8. Protests, space and creativity: theatre as a site for the affective construction of democracy in Nepal Monica Mottin
    Part IV. Gender and Resistance:
    9. Heroic tales: memoirs by Maoist women Kailash Rai
    10. Motherhood containers: cantonments and media framing of female ex-combatants in Nepal's transition Seira Tamang
    Part V. Heritage:
    11. Publics of heritage and domestic archives among urban Nepalis of the Valley Laura Kunreuther
    Contributors
    Index.

  • Editors

    Michael Hutt, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    Michael Hutt is currently the Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) South Asia Institute, University of London and was appointed as the chair of the British Academy's South Asia area panel in 2014. He has been engaged in teaching and research relating to Nepal and the Himalaya at SOAS since 1987, and has authored and edited fourteen books and over forty articles and book chapters on Nepali literature, Nepali politics, the Nepali diaspora in India, Nepali art and architecture, and the Bhutanese refugee issue. In 2011 he was awarded the Nai-Derukha International Prize 'for his continuous dedication to promoting the study of Nepali literature in the international arena'.

    Pratyoush Onta, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    Pratyoush Onta is a Research Director at Martin Chautari, Nepal where he has worked since 1995. He has written, co-written, edited and co-edited several books including Social History of Radio Nepal (2004, in Nepali), Growing up with Radio (2005, in Nepali), Mass Media in Post-1990 Nepal (2006), Ten Years of Independent Radio: Development, Debates and the Public Interest (2008, in Nepali), 25 Years of Nepali Magazines (2013, in Nepali) and The State of History Education and Research in Nepal (2014). He is also the founding editor of the journals Studies in Nepali History and Society and Media Adhyayan.

    Contributors

    Michael J. Hutt, Pratyoush Onta, Marie Lecomte-Tilouine, Mallika Shakya, Martin Gaenszle, Devraj Humagain, Harsha Man Maharjan, Ingemar Grandin, Monica Mottin, Kailash Rai, Seira Tamang, Laura Kunreuther

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