9780801485923-0801485924-In the Circle of the Dance: Notes of an Outsider in Nepal

In the Circle of the Dance: Notes of an Outsider in Nepal

ISBN-13: 9780801485923
ISBN-10: 0801485924
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Guneratne, Katharine Bjork
Publication date: 1999
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Paperback 240 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780801485923
ISBN-10: 0801485924
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Guneratne, Katharine Bjork
Publication date: 1999
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Format: Paperback 240 pages

Summary

Acknowledged authors Guneratne, Katharine Bjork wrote In the Circle of the Dance: Notes of an Outsider in Nepal comprising 240 pages back in 1999. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0801485924 and 9780801485923. Since then In the Circle of the Dance: Notes of an Outsider in Nepal textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 1.72 or rent at the marketplace.

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Feeling initially aimless and out of place in rural Nepal where she accompanied her anthropologist husband for a year of fieldwork, Katharine Bjork Guneratne turned to writing to make sense of her sojourn in the shadow of the Himalaya. The resulting book is both an acute portrait of a village and an intimate account of her struggles to adapt to a different way of life. Like the best cultural travel narratives, In the Circle of the Dance draws on the author's experiences to illuminate both exterior and interior worlds.

Bjork's book is in many ways a primer on the realities of fieldwork, from setting up house to participating in the work of the village women to finding ways to communicate across cultural divides. It describes how this outsider achieved a gradual and provisional inclusion in the community, an inclusion represented by her participation in a traditional women's circle dance. The book also depicts the effects of modernization and tourism on a society that remained closed to the West well into this century, while offering comparative insights about wider South Asian cultures.

The author's lyrical, frequently moving descriptions of everyday life guide her readers through the stages of her cultural apprenticeship. In the end, as Bjork joins the circle dance, she is a stranger to the community still, but a familiar and welcome one.

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