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Title: Mobility, pathology and livelihoods : an ethnography of forms of human mobility in/from Nepal
Author: Sharma, Jeevan Raj
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis is a study of human mobility in the context of violent socio-political conflict in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. Its main purpose is to examine the implications of forms of mobility as evaluated and categorised by the people themselves as a means through which to understand the paradox and politics in international development. It also contributes to scholarship on socio-cultural dimensions of mobility by exemplifying a particular form of mobility in relation to masculinity.  The main question addressed is: how do we understand the paradox in international development that mobility, despite being one of the most significant aspects of Nepali society, has so far remained rather implicit and pathological? This question was addressed through an examination of a range of ethnographic evidence on human mobility in/from Nepal. It involved a year long period of multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in the western hills of Nepal including tracing the experience of several individuals and households who moved out of the area both within and outside of Nepal, particularly the young men who travelled to find work opportunities in the Indian city of Mumbai. Further, data was collected from selected development agencies with the intention of seeking a treatment of mobility in their policies, programmes and implementation This thesis contributes to the ethnographic literature on paradox and politics in international development. The thesis shows the ubiquitous presence and importance of mobility in the livelihoods of the people in the hills of Nepal. When mobility is a rule and not an exception as seen in this ethnography, then social scientists need to rethink the ‘field’ and ‘population’ they work with, leaving open the possibility of understanding social life as mobile and complex in its relationship to rural livelihoods.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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