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Check it out: CA Hotspots Collection on 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal

I am pleased to announce a new open access Cultural Anthropology Hot Spots forum, featuring essays from Nepal-focused social scientists addressing the socio-cultural nuance and historical context necessary to rebuild Nepal after it’s devastating series of earthquakes in the spring of 2015. Posts in This Series Introduction: Aftershocked by Cameron David Warner, Heather Hindman and […]

The Politics of “Post-conflict”: On the Ground in South Asia

I am pleased to announce a new open access Cultural Anthropology Hot Spots forum, featuring essays from 14 scholars using “post-conflict” as a lens on Afghanistan, Kashmir, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Co-edited by Sara Shneiderman and me, with contributions from Mona Bhan, Vivian Choi, Noah Coburn, Anila Daulatzai, Thushara Hewage, Dhana Hughes, Heather Hindman, Dan […]

Nepal’s Festival Season

  Nepal went through it’s big festival season in October and November. I know it’s past and but a distant memory for most Nepalis who are still reeling from election results (post to come).  But Tihār is one of my favorite festivals so I want to explain  it to those who’ve never experienced it and I […]

Social Commentary on Kathmandu’s Road Expansion Project

I’ve been getting a lot of verbal feedback on my blog post on the road expansion project.  I wish people would post their comments for everyone to read. Since they have not, I’ll share a few choice insights.  First off, I must be doing something right because based on my argument I was accused of being […]

The Relativity of Youth

The U.N.’s official age bracket for the youth demographic is 15-24. This demographic prescription has had a significant universalizing effect, due in part to the U.N.’s rights of the child strictures, transnational development aid, and the ubiquity of mass education.  However, youth is a social category. And like all social categories, youth is actualized and […]