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Political Change and Public Culture in Post-1990 Nepal

Edited by Michael Hutt and Pratyoush Onta
New Delhi: Cambridge University Press, 2017
ISBN 978-1-316-64829-2 (pb), viii + 290 pages


This book explores various domains of the Nepali public sphere in which ideas about democracy and citizenship have been debated and contested since 1990. It investigates the ways in which the public meaning of the major political and sociocultural changes that occurred in Nepal between 1990 and 2013 was constructed, conveyed and consumed. These changes took place against the backdrop of an enormous growth in literacy, the proliferation of print and broadcast media, the emergence of a public discourse on human rights, and the vigorous reassertion of linguistic, ethnic and regional identities. Scholars from a range of different disciplinary locations delve into debates on rumours, ethnicity and identity, activism and gender to provide empirically grounded histories of the nation during one of its most important political transitions.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Introduction: Political Change and Public Culture in Post-1990 Nepal - Michael Hutt and Pratyoush Onta

Part I: Rumour
1. The Royal Palace Massacre, Rumours and Print Media in Nepal - Marie Lecomte-Tilouine
2. The Royal Palace Massacre, Conspiracy Theories and Nepali Street Literature - Michael Hutt
3. Country of Rumours: Making Sense of a Bollywood Controversy - Mallika Shakya

Part II: Ethnicity and Identity
4. ‘Numafung’: Images of Limbu Culture in Ethnic Cinema - Martin Gaenszle
5. Janajati Magazines and the Contents of the Subaltern Counterpublic Sphere during the 1990s - Pratyoush Onta and Devraj Humagain
6. Vote for Prashant Tamang: Representations of an Indian Idol in the Nepali Print Media and the Retreat of Multiculturalism - Harsha Man Maharjan

Part III: Activist Cultures
7. Mobilizing Meanings: Local Cultural Activism and Nepal’s Public Culture - Ingemar Grandin
8. Protests, Space and Creativity: Theatre as a Site for the Affective Construction of Democracy in Nepal - Monica Mottin

Part IV: Gender and Resistance
9. Heroic Tales: Memoirs by Maoist Women - Kailash Rai
10. Motherhood Containers: Cantonments and the Media Framing of Female Ex-combatants in Nepal’s Transition - Seira Tamang

Part V: Heritage
11. Publics of Heritage and Domestic Archives among Urban Nepalis of the Valley - Laura Kunreuther




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