Social Science Baha

Social Science Baha (SSB) is an independent, non-profit organisation set up with the objective of promoting and enhancing the study of and research in the social sciences in Nepal. Established on 1 January 2002 with the primary focus of starting a social science library, the SSB has since diversified its activities and taken up other activities as well, namely, i) hosting lectures, discussions, workshops, and conferences; ii) publishing books, occasional papers and journals; and iii) conducting research.


  • Public release

    Social Science Baha,
    Central Department of Anthropology &
    Central Department of Sociology at Tribhuvan University

    invite you to the

    Public release 
    of the book 
    A Project of Memoreality
    Transnational Development and Local Activism among Rural Women in Nepal
    Saubhagya Shah

    with an introduction by
    Chaitanya Mishra

    ​2 pm • 15 December, 2017 (Friday) • Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka

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  • 18 December 2017

    Stacy Leigh Pigg
    (Professor of Anthropology, Simon Fraser University)

    on her 1992 article

    Inventing Social Categories through Place
    Social Representations and Development in Nepal

    3 pm, 18 December, 2017 (Monday), Yalamaya Kendra, Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur

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  • Call for Papers

    organised by
    Social Science Baha, Association for Nepal and Himalayan StudiesBritain-Nepal Academic Council
    Centre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS & Nepal Academic Network (Japan)

    The Seventh Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya
    25-27, July 2018 

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  • Publications Announcement

    Publications Announcement

    Ang Sanu Lama, Sambriddhi Kharel and Tracy Ghale
    When the Men Are Away: Migration and Women’s Participation in Nepal’s Community Forestry
    in Mountain Research and Development, Vol. 37, Issue 3, August 2017

    Studies of migration and gender have focused mostly on changes at the household level, where they have found women’s experience to be mixed, with greater autonomy in decision-making but also a greater work burden and increased stress. Little is known about migration’s impact on community-level gender relations. This study of 10 forest user groups in 3 districts of Nepal, experiencing different levels of migration, investigated changes within migrant and nonmigrant households and how they impact people’s participation in local forest user groups. We found a slight increase in women’s participation in the groups’ general assemblies, especially among nuclear households with at least 1 migrant member. However, male migration did not seem to increase women’s access to those groups’ executive committees, where most decisions are made. Traditional gender norms, institutional requirements that privilege literacy and men’s networking skills, and men’s entrenched control of local forestry institutions continue to limit women’s participation in community forestry. Women with migrant husbands also suffer disproportionately from time poverty, which further limits their engagement in activities outside the home.

  • Recent Publication

    मुलुकको मुहार
    नेपाली कङ्ग्रेस, एमाले, एमाओवादी र राप्रपामा समावेशीकरण
    (Face of the Nation: Inclusion in the Nepali Congress, UML, CPN-Maoist Centre and RPP)

    ध्रुव सिम्खडा
    काशीराम डाँगीप्रदीप पोखरेलपूर्ण विक, फूर्पा तामाङ,भानुभक्त निरौलाराजबहादुर शाहीलक्ष्मी साह र सीता मादेम्बा
    2017, pp. x+236
    ISBN: 978 9937 597 39 5
    Available online here and in bookstores in Kathmandu

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