Political Anthropology and Anthropology of Politics: An Overview

  • Suresh Dhakal Anthropology at the Central Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu
Keywords: cultural anthropology, political system, political process, ethnography, democracy

Abstract

In this short review, I have tried to sketch an overview of historical development of political anthropology and its recent trends. I was enthused to prepare this review article as there does not exist any of such simplified introduction of one of the prominent sub-fields in cultural anthropology for the Nepalis readers, in particular. I believe this particular sub-field has to offer much to understand and explain the recent trends and current turmoil of the political transition in the country. Political anthropologists than any other could better explain how the politics is socially and culturally embedded and intertwined, therefore, separation of the two – politics from social and cultural processes – is not only impossible but methodologically wrong, too.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3126/dsaj.v5i0.6365

Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 5, 2011: 217-34

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Suresh Dhakal, Anthropology at the Central Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu
Dhakal, Suresh teaches Anthropology at the Central Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu. He obtained an MA in Anthropology from TU, Nepal and M.Phil. from the University of Bergen, Norway. His doctoral research entitled ‘Democracy in Everyday Life’ was carried out in the Eastern Tarai of Nepal. He has received several scholarship and research grants, including Wenner-Gran Fellowship for Spring 2011. Some of his recent research works include long-term poverty dynamics, land and agrarian relations, land rights movements, shifting cultivation and caste/ethnic relations in Tarai of Nepal among others. His research works have been appeared in the forms of book, research reports and journal articles.
Published
2012-06-21
How to Cite
Dhakal, S. (2012). Political Anthropology and Anthropology of Politics: An Overview. Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, 5, 217-234. https://doi.org/10.3126/dsaj.v5i0.6365
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