Contested Hierarchies: A Collaborative Ethnography of Caste Among the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

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Lecturer in Social Anthropology David N Gellner, David N. Gellner, Declan Quigley, Lecturer in Social Anthropology Declan Quigley
Clarendon Press, 1995 - 364 pages
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The urban civilization of the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley provides a paradigm for the study of caste and Hindu kingship. In this innovative study six anthropologists, in a genuinely collaborative international endeavour, pool their knowledge of the three ancient royal cities of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur, and the nearby settlements which once formed part of their respective kingdoms. Contested Hierarchies opens with an introduction outlining the historical background and contemporary context of Newar society. In the central chapters of the book the social institutions of all the main caste groups - Hindu and Buddhist priests, patrons, artisans, farmers, and low castes - are given extended consideration. A comparative conclusion, which locates controversies about the Newars within wider theoretical debates over the nature of caste, demonstrates how the fundamental principles underlying all caste systems are particularly clearly exemplified by the Newar case.

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Asan Twāḥ
38
Heterogeneity among Hindu Patron Lineages
80
Copyright

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David N. Gellner is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Brunel University. Declan Quigley is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the Queen's University of Belfast.

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