Title:Invitations to Love: Literacy, Love Letters, and Social Change in Nepal
Author:Laura M. Ahearn
Remarks:B&W Photographs, Map, Tables, Notes, References and Index.
Size:142 x 215 mm
A dramatic shift away from arranged marriage and capture marriage is underway in the village of Junigau, Nepal. Traditionally prohibited from counting in person, young people today are applying their newly acquired lieracy skills to the arts of love lettwer writing. And as a result, the practice of elopement is on the rise.
Using a rise ethnographic style, Laura M. Ahearn discusses the implications of this emerging love letter correspondence and traces out the broader ramifications for literacy, gender, love , personhood, and social change in Nepalese society. Her close examination of marriage practices reveals the microprocesses of social transformations as this shift is occuring- especially how villagers’own conceptions of their abilities and responsibilities are being affected by western-influenced understandings and practices.