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Life Cycle, Gender, and Status among Himalayan Pastoralists

Aparna Rao†

368 pages, 5 halftones, 3 maps, 20 tables, 20 figures, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-903-1 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (June 1998)

ISBN  978-1-57181-833-1 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (January 2001)

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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.

The late Aparna Rao spent many years doing ethnographic fieldwork among numerous rural and semi-rural communities in Afghanistan, Kashmir and in western India, and published several books and papers based on her research.

Subject: Gender Studies General Anthropology
Area: Asia


Introduction: Individuals and Dividuals

Chapter 1. Coming into Being
Chapter 2. Growing into Society
Chapter 3. Practicing Norms
Chapter 4. Perpetuating Life and Producing Values
Chapter 5. Reproducing Norms and Values
Chapter 6. Waiting for the Life Beyond


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