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Journal Cover   Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology
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   ISSN (Print) 1994-2664 - ISSN (Online) 1994-2672
   Published by Nepal Journals Online Homepage  [67 journals]
  • The Enlightenment Tradition of Nepal: Can the Civil Society Grasp it'

    • Authors: Dev Raj Dahal
      First page: 1
      Abstract: Nepal’s history of enlightenment reflects three traditions—Vedic, Videha Janak and Buddhist. Each of these traditions searches the meaning of life, actual human condition, links with nature and ways of emancipation. The cardinal features of its native civil society are rooted into niskam karma (selfless service) to others, enlightened thinking and action. Modern civil society troubled by the turmoil of post-modernity needs to capture this ancient wisdom that sees human life in the interconnection with other species rather than isolated fragments and requires to perform many other tasks to move the this post-conflict nation from violence to stable peace. Nourishing the civic virtues of freedom, justice, solidarity, reconciliation and peace are vital nutrients.
      DOI : Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 8, 2014; 1-28
      PubDate: 2014-07-05
      Issue No: Vol. 8 (2014)
  • Livelihood Change and Household Strategies: Social Divergence of the
           Working Class in Dhading

    • Authors: Youba Raj Luintel
      First page: 29
      Abstract: How do households, in an agrarian setting under transition, reposition themselves amidst the increasing opportunities and constraints posed by expansive capitalist market' Do household responses exhibit any pattern that helps us understand long term social change' If so, what theoretical significance does such a pattern instigate in the wider political economic context of shifting class formations' This article mainly discusses recent dynamics in the organisation of production in Mahesh Khola, the research site in the South-East Dhading, from the perspective of intra-class divergence and social differentiation. It argues that the working class in Mahesh Khola is undergoing a process of internal differentiation that is reflected in two main, rather opposite, trends: on the one hand, part of the rural workforce is migrating to the capital city of Kathmandu in search of urban jobs, while on the other hand, and in contrary, an important segment of the same has intensified its engagement in agriculture. As a matter of fact, one can notice a weakening up of the working class in the rural setting.
      DOI : Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 8, 2014; 29-54
      PubDate: 2014-07-05
      Issue No: Vol. 8 (2014)
  • Afno Manchhe: Unequal Access to Public Resources and Institutions in Nepal

    • Authors: Madhusudan Subedi
      First page: 55
      Abstract: This paper highlights the informal inner circle network approach to maintaining relationships and reciprocating favors within a system that significantly affect the performance of incumbents in formal bureaucratic organizations. While this is a general sociological problem in any society, this article deals with how afno manchhe behavior is manifested in Nepal. Without afno manchhe relations, one risks marginalization, disappointments and failures in one’s struggle to realize important goals in life. In such a situation, the malfunctioning of administration and dissatisfaction arise at every level. There is thus a significant relationship between one’s position in afno manchhe networks and inclusion-exclusion processes. This of course has consequences for the widespread practice of corruption in Nepal.
      DOI : Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 8, 2014; 55-86
      PubDate: 2014-07-05
      Issue No: Vol. 8 (2014)
  • Doing Research in a Conflict Situation Encounters and Experiences

    • Authors: Suresh Dhakal
      First page: 87
      Abstract: Fieldwork, an anthropologist’s vocation, is full of tensions and dilemmas. However, the experiences of any or all tensions, troubles and even failures are a ‘source of ethnographic knowledge in themselves’. During the fieldwork for my PhD research, I encountered several such incidents, which have made my work more interesting and my experience richer. This article describes the situation of doing fieldwork in the conflict period, when the ‘peace process’ was not yet come to the conclusion.
      DOI : Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 8, 2014; 87-98
      PubDate: 2014-07-05
      Issue No: Vol. 8 (2014)
  • “Women are the pillars of Our Culture”: Bohna as a resurgent
           cloth among the Dhimal

    • Authors: Janak Rai
      First page: 99
      Abstract: Bohna is the traditional ethnic dress woven and worn by Dhimal women. It is an everyday dress which Dhimal women wear it in all kinds of social spaces and events: home, fields, markets, cinema halls, colleges, mela, and other places. In the recent decades, with the resurgence of indigenous political movements and Dhimals’ localized social movements for revival of their customary practices, bohna has emerged as a powerful marker of Dhimal indigenous identity. This paper examines the historical, cultural and political embeddedness of bohna in Dhimal society. The paper highlights the creative agency of Dhimal women by showing how weaving and exchange of bohna recreate and connect the embedded relations of affection, exchange and mutual obligations between Dhimal women.
      DOI : Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 8, 2014; 99-112
      PubDate: 2014-07-05
      Issue No: Vol. 8 (2014)
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