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Contested hierarchies : a collaborative ethnography of caste among the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

Author: David N Gellner; Declan Quigley
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Series: Oxford studies in social and cultural anthropology.
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The urban civilization of the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley provides a paradigm for the study of caste and Hindu kingship. In this innovative study six anthropologists, in a genuinely collaborative international endeavour, pool their knowledge of the three ancient royal cities of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur, and the nearby settlements which once formed part of their respective kingdoms. Contested Hierarchies  Read more...
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Contested hierarchies.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)604151799
Online version:
Contested hierarchies.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995
(OCoLC)609316310
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David N Gellner; Declan Quigley
ISBN: 0198279604 9780198279600
OCLC Number: 31708363
Description: 364 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction / David N. Gellner --
2. Buddhist Merchants in Kathmandu: The Asan Twah Market and Uray Social Organization / Todd T. Lewis --
3. Sresthas: Heterogeneity among Hindu Patron Lineages / Declan Quigley --
4. Caste and Kinship in a Newar Village / Hiroshi Ishii --
5. Urban Peasants: The Maharjans (Jyapu) of Kathmandu and Lalitpur / David N. Gellner and Rajendra P. Pradhan --
6. The Social Organization of Rajopadhyaya Brahmans / Gerard Toffin --
7. Sakyas and Vajracaryas: From Holy Order to Quasi-Ethnic Group / David N. Gellner --
8. The Citrakars: Caste of Painters and Mask-Makers / Gerard Toffin --
9. Low Castes in Lalitpur / David N. Gellner --
10. Conclusion: Caste Organization and the Ancient City / Declan Quigley --
Appendix: Newari Kinship Terminology.
Series Title: Oxford studies in social and cultural anthropology.
Responsibility: edited by David N. Gellner and Declan Quigley.
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This collective study of the urban civilization of the Newars of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, is the most complete and approachable account yet of a regional caste system. All the major Newari  Read more...

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