Practices of Sociology in Nepal
Author: Editors: Pranab Kharel , Gaurab KC
Sociology and anthropology in Nepal have so far shrugged off identifying its Nepali identity. One of the reasons for this lackluster is Nepali practitioners’ relentless reliance on the west. The cookie-cutter approach of disciplinary history writing tradition is so worn out that competing perspectives and alternative narratives are still sparse. The Practices of Sociology in Nepal is both a representative and reflective dialogue that analytically submerges into the sociology ‘of’ and ‘on’ Nepal. In assessing and reassessing Nepali sociology and anthropology, the centricity of this book revolves around the idea of practice. All seven chapters are congruent in charting out the different shades of practices within the university set up. The book raises pertinent questions on the need for cross-fertilization of ideas and methodologies among and between various social sciences. It also points towards the neoliberal pressure exerting at the social sciences at the universities in Nepal. The book makes an honest plea for reexamining both pedagogic and epistemic issues facing Nepali sociology and anthropology. The first-hand experiences of all the contributors have brilliantly kindled the fresh and critical debates on disciplinary history, teaching, supervision, research, writing, allied publications and actor/institutional politics. Indeed, the thoughts and reflections provided here have seriously given a new direction for Nepali sociology and anthropology. This book is an invaluable resource to students, professionals, practitioners and social science enthusiasts who are interested in the sociology and anthropology of Nepal. Additionally, the book will also serve as a reference for any other South Asian practitioners of sociology and anthropology in identifying similar issues in their respective contexts.