Trans-Himalayan Traders: Economy, Society, and Culture in Northwest Nepal

Fisher, James F.

     This study is of a village in the mountains of northwest Nepal which I call Tarangpur. . . . I am not so concerned with the definition of Tarangpur society or the delineation of its internal structure. Instead I am more interested in the interstices of Nepalese society, and I therefore attempt to describe and explain Tarangpur's convoluted and changing integration within the larger South and Central Asian worlds which it straddles. The dissertation describes how these people exchange their way out of isolation and interprets these transactions through the processes by which they are maintained and adapted to the environment and as a way of organizing interpersonal behavior. In addition, the dissertation makes explicit certain assumptions about the nature of the continuity that exists between Tarangpur today and Tarangpur of forty years ago -- specifically the striking shifts in transactional patterns. Topics addressed in the dissertation include a survey of the geography, history, and culture of the region; agriculture and agricultural relations; salt transactions; transactions involving other commodities (livestock, wool, etc.); the control and uses of wealth; and transactions within the village.

Manning Nash (chair), Nur Yalman, McKim Marriott, Sol Tax, Lloyd Fallers, Milton B. Singer