The Heart of Helambu: Ethnography and Entanglement in Nepal

The Heart of Helambu: Ethnography and Entanglement in Nepal

by Tom O'Neill

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Over the course of the last twenty-five years, Tom O’Neill has traveled frequently to Kathmandu and the Helambu region of Nepal to undertake ethnographic fieldwork with the Yolmo business owners and carpet weavers of the area. The Heart of Helambu is an evocative and touching account of his experiences working in Nepal during those turbulent times.

In his autoethnographic memoir, O’Neill reflects on the complex relationships he developed with his research participants: the carpet weavers, their families, and others in the communities which he studied. A compelling account of ethnographic fieldwork’s personal dimension and the ethical and emotional challenges that come with maintaining relationships across substantial social distances, The Heart of Helambu illustrates an important aspect of anthropological research through O’Neill’s engaging story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487510817
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 05/12/2016
Series: Anthropological Horizons
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Tom O’Neill is an associate professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Solidarity, in Little Pieces

Chapter Two: They Kill Animals Only for the Gods

Chapter Three: A Map of Boudhanath

Chapter Four: You Should Not Be too Big a Person

Chapter Five: A Modest Chöten

Chapter Six: Diverging Paths

Chapter Seven: A Family Problem

Chapter Eight: Narayanhiti

Selected Glossary of Nepali and Tibetan Terms

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"Tom O'Neill's The Heart of Helambu nicely captures lived experiences of social change, migration and globalization in Nepal."

Robert Desjarlais

"The Heart of Helambu offers an informed and thoughtful voice in autoethnographic literature. The author has created a significant contribution to anthropological literature by utilizing advanced, state-of-the-art research."

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