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Glimpses of Hope: The Rise of Industrial Labor at the Urban Margins of Nepal

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Glimpses of Hope

The Rise of Industrial Labor at the Urban Margins of Nepal

Michael Hoffmann

201 pages, 3 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-810-2 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (January 2023)

eISBN 978-1-80073-811-9 eBook

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“The book is ethnographically driven, based on an impressive piece of original research that is a very welcome addition to both anthropology and social science more broadly. It is well-written, in an accessible manner, without the use of unnecessary or overwrought theoretical jargon.” • Mikkel Vindegg, CICERO Center for International Climate Research, Oslo


Over the last decade, Nepal has witnessed significant urban growth and an expanding urban middle class. Glimpses of Hope tells the story of the people who enable some of the middle-class consumer practices in urban Nepal. The book focuses on workers in areas such as modern food-processing, water-bottling, housebuilding, and sand-mining industries and explores how workers see such forms of work, where union organization can help, and how work opportunities emerge along lines of gender and ethnicity. Although global labor relations have been mostly in decline for decades, this ethnography offers insights and glimpses of hope in terms of labor dynamics and the opportunities various jobs may afford.

Michael Hoffmann is a Research Fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Regional Studies (ZIRS) at the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. Previously, he worked as a senior research fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin, as a post-doc fellow at the Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology in Cologne and the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany.

Subject: Political and Economic AnthropologyAnthropology (General)Sociology
Area: Asia


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