Category Archives: Sociology

Celebrating Teej: Unpacking its Gender, Market and Connectivity Dimensions

Sociology of the Teej


Theory: What, Why, How?

Chaitanya Mishra

Chaitanya Mishra

Theory is not something that is opposed to “practical”. It is not something that is fluffy, up-in-the-air or on the clouds, far away, and unseen. It is not something that can be avoided, however much one might wish to. It is necessarily implicated in how we view and explain the social (or any other) world—not only while doing Sociology but also in daily life. Does everything “have a theory”? You bet. Is theory something that very difficult to engage in? No, it is not that difficult. It calls attention, principally, to view a social attribute (including quantitative ones such as ratio, proportion, rate, etc.), relationship, category, process, etc. within a more encompassing historical-structural framework and process.         Continue reading →

Sociology of the Monsoon Devastation by Man Bahadur Thapa

Sociology of the Monsoon

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National Seminar on Contemporary Social Science Practice in Nepal

Flyer MishraAs historical products, modern social science disciplines emerged within a broadly specific world context of the latter half of the 19th century. Inevitably, political and economic transitions since then have reshaped social sciences in major ways, including by generating new disciplines, delegitimizing several others, and producing distinctive “hybrid” disciplines—some of which fully taken shape as full-fledged disciplines for long—in several other instances. In addition, regional, national and, in some instances, local contexts have distinctively shaped the theory and practice as well as teaching and research of social sciences. Advances in social sciences, as in all other “sectors,” have also been highly uneven across the regions, countries and localities.    Continue reading →

Research Methodology Training Workshop

Research Methology


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Marwari Trade and Charity in the Time of Crisis: Reflecting on Earthquakes and ‘Naya Nepal(s)’

Mallika Shakya is an economic anthropologist with a PhD from LSE, and postdoctorals from Oxford and Pretoria. She works on industrialisation, socio-economic embeddedness and labour. She examined the rise and fall of readymade garment industry in Nepal between 2001 and 2011, which exposed her to the turbulent national politics rooted in the Maoist movement in Nepal during that time. Continue reading →

Teej: A Reflection on Social Changes

Dinesh Sharu

Dinesh Sharu

According to Hindu religious texts, Teej reflects the union of lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. According to Hindu mythological stories, Parvati practised a severely strict Vrata (a religious fasting) for 107 years to prove her devotion towards lord Shiva. Also, it is said that Parvati had reincarnated for 108 times to obtain Lord Shiva as her husband. Since, Teej is connected to Hindu religion, there seems a lack of strong base to find out the exact answer to address questions like where, when and how regarding its history. Yet, we can at least say that Teej entered in Nepal with the arrival of Hindus. In India, 3 types of Teej are celebrated in states like Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab: Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej and Haritalika Teej. However, in Nepal there seems no existence of Teej other than Haritalika Teej. On the third bright full moon day of Bhadra, women perform their rituals by praying Lord Shiva and Parvati, especially married women for the long life and prosperity of their husband and unmarried women/girls for a husband of a kind they wish. On the day, they do not take foods, not even water to practise their strict Vrata. Other than Vrata, eating ‘Dar’ and dancing/singing are also important aspects of the festival.

How Teej reflects the changing society?

Mainly, a brief attempt to analyze how Nepali society is changing or transforming through the analysis of several elements related to Teej and Teej itself has been made. An analytical description of social changes is attempted on the basis of especially following elements that directly concerns with Teej culture. Continue reading →

Feminism in Nepal by Meena Acharya

Random Notes on Sociology of Sport      

Avash BhandariAvash Bhandari

Kathmandu is arguably the most pumped up city in South Asia when it comes to following the FIFA World Cup. It is common to find people donning jerseys of their favorite team with gusto. Though the national team from Nepal might be light years away from participating in the tournament, passion for the game in Nepal is as high as anywhere.  It is easy to overlook this practice by saying that Nepal is a football (or for that matter any sports) loving country, but as a student of sociology one is fascinated by this phenomena and is compelled to think about what is called the sociology of sport.

Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology offers some interesting papers like sociology of tourism, urban sociology and sociology of education among others but there are hardly any students interested in these subjects and the department too is reluctant about teaching these papers for the reasons of “logistics”. When most gifted sociologists and students are busy discussing and debating about such grand issues like whether Nepal is quarter/semi or fully capitalist and identity politics, emphasizing significance of sociology of sport in the emerging middle class society of Nepal seems “bourgeoisie” if not an anathema. In this essay, I am outlining some key ingredients of the sociology of sport and what can be studied and researched in this domain in our society.  Continue reading →