Invitations to Love: Literacy, Love Letters, and Social Change in Nepal

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Title:Invitations to Love: Literacy, Love Letters, and Social Change in Nepal


Author:Laura M. Ahearn

Publisher:Adarsh Books

Publish Year:2004

Edition:Reprinted Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:Nepal | Nepal Anthropology | Nepal Politics


Remarks:B&W Photographs, Map, Tables, Notes, References and Index.


Size:142 x 215 mm


Price:USD 4.00

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  • 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.

    Laura M. Ahearn

    Laura M. Ahearn, an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University, is a linguistic and sociocultural anthropologist who works on issues of gender, kinship, and marriage in Nepal. Her research interests include agency (both linguistic and social), constraints on meaning in Nepali women's songfests, and the changing meanings and values surrounding childbirth in Nepal. She first went to Nepal as a Peace Corps volunteer in the 1980s and has returned many times since to conduct anthropological fieldwork. Her first book, Invitations to Love: Literacy, Love Letters, and Social Change in Nepal (University of Michigan Press, 2001), was awarded Honorable Mention in the Society of Linguistic Anthropology's Edward Sapir Book Prize Competition. Her second book, entitled, Living Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology, is a clear and accessible exploration of the prominent theoretical issues in linguistic anthropology and a student-friendly introduction to the study of language in real-life social contexts around the world. Chapter topics include gender, race, and ethnicity, language acquisition and socialization, performance, literacy practices, multilingualism, and globalization.
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