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Women in 'New Nepal'
Through the lens of Classed, Ethnic, and Gendered Peripheries

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ISBN 9781032259369
March 17, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
220 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book brings rarely voiced lives and experiences of women in Nepal to light and combines rich ethnography with discourse analysis. Multifaceted and critical, the volume situates its narrative in the profoundly transformative period after the turn of the century when ‘New Nepal’ was rising on the horizon, and sheds light on Nepali women’s experiences in multiple sites, crossing class and ethnic lines. It is based on extensive fieldwork that includes domestic workers, construction workers, street vendors, women from the indigenous community of yolmo, and others. Through an ethnographic approach, the author explores Nepali women’s experiences on the ground, whether occupational, ethnic, or otherwise; experiences that are almost universally shared by every marginalised woman in Nepal.

Through the unusually intimate narrative on these women from the global south, who are still prone to be cast into a deeply colonial, simplistic image of “victimized women”, readers will get a nuanced perspective of the multi-dimensional diversity amongst these women as well as a sense of kinship with oneself.

The book will be invaluable for researchers and students of gender studies, global south studies, development studies, cultural anthropology/ethnography, Nepal studies, and feminist geography. It will also be of interest to political geographers, anthropologists, sociologists, policymakers, and those with an interest in global gender issues.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Questions: Bringing to Light Unvoiced Experiences. Part I- 1. ‘Satisfied with My Job’: Exploring the World of Women Construction Workers. 2. ‘Domestic Workers are Workers’: Present State of Women in Paid Domestic Work. 3. ‘Self-employed’: Street Vendors in the Age of Neoliberalism. Part II- 4. Hyolmo Women on the Move: Marriage, Migrant Work and Relocation to Kathmandu. 5. Talking Feminism with an Indigenous Woman: Dolma’s Life Story. Part III- 6. Women’s Place in Nepal’s Democratization. 7. From the Peripheries of Nepal’s Developmental Order: Views of Janajati and Dalit Women. 8. Women’s Body in Public Spaces: Exclusion in the Form of Sexual Harassment

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Seika Sato is a professor at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Teikyo University. She has worked on ethnographic studies in Nepal, centering around various issues in lives of minority women. She is the author of Conversing with the Hyolmo Women: An Anthropology of Life/Story in Nepal (Tokyo: Sangensha, 2015, in Japanese).