Social Science Baha

Views from the Field

Baha Occasional Papers 2

Views from the Field
Anthropological Perspectives on the Constituent Assembly Elections

David Holmberg
Judith Pettigrew
Mukta S. Tamang

with an introduction by
David N. Gellner

This publication is based on a panel discussion convened by the Social Science Baha on 17 April, 2008, a week after the Constituent Assembly election. The Baha invited three anthropologists with long-term experience in various parts of Nepal, David Holmberg, Judy Pettigrew and Mukta S. Tamang, to offer their observations on the election, drawing upon their in-depth local knowledge to contextualise their experiences within the broader political, social, and cultural processes ongoing in their fieldsites. A fourth anthropologist, David N. Gellner, joined them as commentator and also to provide his own perspective from his role as an international observer on Election Day.

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