Anthropology in a Time of Crisis. A Note from Nepal
Sara Shneiderman, PhD candidate in anthropology at Cornell University, Anthropology News May 2005
Although Nepal’s “regional ethnography traditions” have long focused on classic themes like religion and culture, recent years have seen anthropologists of Nepal expanding their study to deal with history, politics and the nation-state. With our access to information from trusted Nepali informants and colleagues all over the country, as well as detailed local knowledge, experienced anthropologists have something unique to contribute in this time of crisis.
Anthropological analyses of issues like conflict, state terror, trauma and political action are more necessary than ever. It is our responsibility as scholars, both Nepali and foreign, to continue contributing our skills to understanding the conflict, working for peace and rebuilding Nepali society. >> continue
Sara Shneiderman has published several articles on her research in Nepal in fulltext on her homepage at Cornell University