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   The Other Side of Polyandry: Property, Stratification and Nonmarriage in the Nepal HImalayas - Sidney Ruth Schuler - Anthropology
The Other Side of Polyandry: Property, Stratification and Nonmarriage in the Nepal HImalayas
Author: Sidney Ruth Schuler
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A social anthropologist trained at Harvard University, Dr Sidney Ruth Schuler is currently affiliated with FHI 360, a US-based nonprofit organization working in international health and human development. As founder and director of the Empowerment of Women Research Program, she has done extensive work on issues of gender, marriage, reproductive health, women’s empowerment, intimate partner violence and client and community perspectives on health in international settings. Her work has been widely published and cited.



Endorsement by Dr. Lynn Bennett, former Director of Social Development for the World Bank's South Asia Region and author of “Dangerous Wives and Sacred Sisters”
In the late 1970’s, a small group of Nepali and western social anthropologists collaborated in a comparative study of women’s roles and status among ethnic groups of the mountains, middle hills and plains of Nepal. The Himalayan culture of “Chumik”, documented in this ethnography, stood out from the others in the importance of women’s economic roles as well as their freedom of movement as traders, innkeepers and seasonal laborers. The women of Chumik were more “empowered” than their sisters in other ethnic groups based on a variety of measures. Yet, as this study shows, gender inequality and social exclusion were central features in the society and the economic system that sustained it. This ingenious study illustrates how women’s position in society can be both “high” and “low”, depending on which categories of women are considered, and whether they are married. The descriptions of exotic marriage customs such as fraternal polyandry and marriage by capture make compelling reading.

 

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Publication: Mandala Book Point 2015
Number of Pages: 197
ISBN: 9789994655298

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