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  • 1
    Language: English
    Description: Suitably Modern traces the growth of a new middle class in Kathmandu as urban Nepalis harness the modern cultural resources of mass media and consumer goods to build modern identities and pioneer a new sociocultural space in one of the world's least developed countries. Since Nepal's opening in the 1950s, a new urban population of bureaucrats, service personnel, small business owners, and others have worked to make a space between Kathmandu's old (and still privileged) elites and its large (and growing) urban poor. Mark Liechty looks at the cultural practices of this new middle class, examining such phenomena as cinema and video viewing, popular music, film magazines, local fashion systems, and advertising. He explores three interactive and mutually constitutive ethnographic terrains: a burgeoning local consumer culture, a growing mass-mediated popular imagination, and a recently emerging youth culture. He shows how an array of local cultural narratives--stories of honor, value, prestige, and piety--flow in and around global narratives of progress, modernity, and consumer fulfillment. Urban Nepalis simultaneously adopt and critique these narrative strands, braiding them into local middle-class cultural life. Building on both Marxian and Weberian understandings of class, this study moves beyond them to describe the lived experience of middle classness --how class is actually produced and reproduced in everyday practice. It considers how people speak and act themselves into cultural existence, carving out real and conceptual spaces in which to produce class culture.
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  • 2
    Language: English
    In: Disasters, 2020-08-08
    Subject(s): Index Medicus
    ISSN: 0361-3666
    E-ISSN: 1467-7717
    Source: Alma/SFX Local Collection
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  • 3
    Article
    Article
    2005
    ISSN: 0886-7356 
    Language: English
    In: Cultural anthropology, 2005-02-01, Vol.20 (1), p.1-38
    Description: In the cultural dynamics surrounding the commodification of culinary and sexual services through the emergence of modern restaurants and prostitution in Kathmandu, Nepal, the meanings surrounding commensality and endogamy change dramatically as transactions in food and sex are displaced from the private, domestic realm of marital and caste relations into the public culture of a new middle-class consumer society. The public "servicing" of largely male appetites for food and sex is producing new patterns of gender relations and domestic economies while also contributing to the cultural construction of new public and private spheres.
    Subject(s): Prostitution ; South Asian culture ; Meats ; Consumer economics ; Cultural anthropology ; Men ; Sex workers ; Foodways ; Restaurants ; Food ; gender ; prostitution ; class ; commodification ; Nepal ; food ; Social aspects ; Nightclubs
    ISSN: 0886-7356
    E-ISSN: 1548-1360
    Source: Directory of Open Access Journals
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  • 4
    Book
    Book
    2017
    ISBN: 022642880X  ISBN: 9780226428802  ISBN: 022642894X  ISBN: 9780226428949 
    Language: English
    Description: 'Far Out' examines how generations of counterculturally inclined Westerners have imagined Nepal as a land untainted by modernity and its capital, Kathmandu, a veritable synonym of Oriental Mystique.
    Subject(s): Nepal - Foreign public opinion
    ISBN: 022642880X
    ISBN: 9780226428802
    ISBN: 022642894X
    ISBN: 9780226428949
    Source: De Gruyter eBooks
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  • 5
    Article
    Article
    2018
    ISSN: 0012-9976 
    Language: English
    In: Economic and political weekly, 2018-05-12
    Description: Because our mental maps of Asia locate two major civilisational core regions in what we know today as India and China, the area between those core zones-the Himalayas-is enchanted due to the very structure of ideas that made the mountains a liminal in-between zone. According to Philip Lutgendorf (2005: 30), the Himalayas "constitute an extra-social realm of mystery, danger, and supernatural power, and are the haunt of divine and demi-divine beings who are potentially both beneficent and dangerous to human beings." Since the 1960s, Nepal's emergence as an international tourist destination has had much to do with the region's ongoing role as imagined mystical borderland. [...]a region like the Himalayas is transformed into a "vessel for contents defined by alien scopes and concerns" (Dodin and Rather 2001: 406).
    Subject(s): Tourism ; Maps ; Colonialism ; Turner, Victor ; Motion pictures ; Perceptions ; Anthropology
    ISSN: 0012-9976
    Source: Alma/SFX Local Collection
    Source: Nexis Uni
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  • 6
    Book
    Book
    2002
    ISBN: 0691095922  ISBN: 9780691095929 
    Language: English
    ISBN: 0691095922
    ISBN: 9780691095929
    Source: De Gruyter eBooks
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  • 7
    Article
    Article
    2011
    ISSN: 0011-3204 
    Language: English
    In: Current anthropology, 2011-08-01, Vol.52 (4), p.513-535
    Description: “Identity” is a key term for anthropological analysis today. This paper explores the challenge posed by modernist Buddhists in Nepal who participated in identity politics while grounding their claims to identity-based rights in belonging to a religious community defined by the doctrine that there is no such thing as a “self” in the conventional sense. Examining the sharp proliferation of identity-based discourses and claims in post-1990 Nepal in light of broader structural transformations associated with the globalization of neoliberal governance strategies and against the rise of a popular vipassana meditation movement, I suggest that the rise of ethnoreligious politics in Nepal at that time reflects the presence of a global “identity machine”—an apparatus that establishes not only the categories of identity recognized and claimed in democratic states but also, indeed, their very ontological foundations in liberal conceptions of self, citizenship, and social relations. Nepali Buddhists who claim religious rights while also engaging in practices that challenge the very idea of identity are at once participating in the ideological and institutional conditions of neoliberal modernity and also reworking these in unexpected ways. This paradox calls on anthropologists to study the processes that produce and extend particular ways of seeing and organizing the world rather than inadvertently naturalizing them.
    Subject(s): Ethnic identity ; Theravada ; Buddhism ; Special Section: Keywords ; Democracy ; Identity theory ; Political anthropology ; Economic liberalism ; Political identity ; Group identity ; Liberalism ; Asia ; Religion, magic, witchcraft ; Specific concepts ; Ethnology ; Religions, beliefs, worships ; Generalities ; Sources and methods ; Political activity ; Buddhists ; Civil rights ; Research ; Identity
    ISSN: 0011-3204
    E-ISSN: 1537-5382
    Source: JSTOR Arts & Sciences I
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  • 8
    Language: English
    In: Suitably Modern, 2020, p.249-266
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  • 9
    Language: English
    In: Suitably Modern, 2020, p.117-148
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  • 10
    Book chapter
    Book chapter
    2020
    Language: English
    In: Suitably Modern, 2020, p.183-206
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