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Autonomy: Life Cycle, Gender, and Status among Himalayan Pastoralists

by Aparna Rao

Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Pages: 368
Hardcover
ISBN: 9781571819031






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Overview of Autonomy: Life Cycle, Gender, and Status among Himalayan Pastoralists

The question of individuality in non-European, and especially South Asian societies is a controversial one. Studies in anthropology and psychology undertaken in recent years on concepts of person and self approach the problem by concentrating on ideologies; the question of practice remains largely neglected. This is the first study to examine the individual-dividual debate empirically from the - emic - perspective of decision making, observed over a two-year period among the Bakkarwal, Himalayan Muslim pastoralists. Of particular significance is the fact that the author bases her approach on the life cycle and on gender and status differences.

CHOICE OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD, 1999.

Synopsis of Autonomy: Life Cycle, Gender, and Status among Himalayan Pastoralists

The question of individuality in non-European, and especially South Asian societies is a controversial one. Studies in anthropology and psychology undertaken in recent years onconcepts of person and self approach the problem by concentrating on ideologies; the question of practice remains largely neglected. This is the first study to examine the individual-dividual debate empirically from the—emic—perspective of decision making, observed over a two-year period among the Bakkarwal, Himalayan Muslim pastoralists. Of particular significance is thefact that the author bases her approach on the life cycle and on gender and status differences. Contents: Introduction: Individuals and Dividuals—Coming into Being—Growing into Society—Practicing Norms—Perpetuating Life and Producing Values—Reproducing Norms and Values—Waiting for the Life Beyond—Conclusion. Aparna Rao is a research associate at the Institut für Völkerkunde, University of Cologne

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Contributes to the debate on individuality in non-European, and especially southern Asian societies with an empirical study on the interplay between cultural ideals and context-specific social practice, based on over two years of field work among the Bakkarwal Muslim nomadic pastoralists in Jammy and Kashmir. Finds that the existence of individuals is recognized in both theory and practice, and that a certain demonstration of individuality, defined as the assertion of difference and even uniqueness in a given context, is appreciated and is justified by the context- specific manipulation of ideology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

About the Author, Aparna Rao

Aparna Rao is a research associate at the Institut für Völkerkunde, University of Cologne

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Contributes to the debate on individuality in non-European, and especially southern Asian societies with an empirical study on the interplay between cultural ideals and context-specific social practice, based on over two years of field work among the Bakkarwal Muslim nomadic pastoralists in Jammy and Kashmir. Finds that the existence of individuals is recognized in both theory and practice, and that a certain demonstration of individuality, defined as the assertion of difference and even uniqueness in a given context, is appreciated and is justified by the context- specific manipulation of ideology. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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