Caste, State, and Ethnic Boundaries in Nepal

  title={Caste, State, and Ethnic Boundaries in Nepal},
  author={Nancy E. Levine},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={71 - 88}
  • Nancy E. Levine
  • Published 1 February 1987
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
Models of ethnicity in Nepal stress, on the one hand, unlimited ethnic diversity and, on the other, a rather limited set of ethnic contrasts: Hindu versus Buddhist, tribe versus caste, mountain versus middle hills versus lowland Terai. However, ethnic relations in Humla District, in Nepal's far northwest Karnali Zone, are characterized more by interaction, interdependence, and mobility than contrasts and boundaries between groups.1 In Humla, individuals and even entire villages readily change… 
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