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Book Release of the Nepal Edition | Rituals of Ethnicity: Thangmi Identities Between Nepal and India

The Central Department of Anthropology
Tribhuvan University
Social Science Baha

would like to invite you to the release of the Nepal edition of

Rituals of Ethnicity: Thangmi Identities Between Nepal and India
by Sara Shneiderman

Time: 1 pm
Date: 16th of June 2022 (Thursday)
Place: Anthropology Seminar Room
Humanities and Social Sciences Building #301 (Ghadi Ghar)
Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur

Rituals of Ethnicity is a transnational study of the relationships between mobility, ethnicity, and ritual action. Through an ethnography of the Thangmi, a marginalized community who migrate between Himalayan border zones of Nepal, India, and the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China, Shneiderman offers a new explanation for the persistence of enduring ethnic identities today despite the increasing realities of mobile, hybrid lives. The first comprehensive ethnography of the Thangmi, the book is framed by the Maoist-state civil conflict in Nepal and the movement for a separate state of Gorkhaland in India. Shneiderman builds upon the specificity of Thangmi experiences to tell a larger story about the complexities of ethnic consciousness: the challenges of belonging and citizenship under conditions of mobility, the desire to both lay claim to and remain apart from the civil society of multiple states, and the paradox of selfidentification as a group with cultural traditions in need of both preservation and development.

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