AU-nepal

3/30/99

Janet L. McCoy

AU ANTHROPOLOGIST TO SPEAK ON NEPAL AT PEBBLE HILL APRIL 7

AUBURN -- Auburn University faculty member and author Mary Cameron will discuss her new book on Nepal on Wednesday, April 7 at AU's Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Her book, On the Edge of the Auspicious: Gender and Caste in Nepal, offers a study of artisans and farmers from the perspective of Hindu women.

Cameron, an associate professor of anthropology at and the author of several articles on Nepal, will speak at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill, the historic home of the center.

Her book will be available for purchase and signing. It was published by the University of Illinois Press and won the NWSA -- Illinois Manuscript Award.

Cameron's book shows the connections between class hierarchy and gender relations leading to domestic, economic and religious power of lower-caste, one of the hereditary Hindu social classes for women.

By studying the history of land ownership and contemporary family and work relations, Cameron's book explains how and why patriarchal ideology associated with high-caste families in Nepal does not apply to women of lower caste.

The program is sponsored by AU's Center for the Arts and Humanities.

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CONTACT: Jay Lamar, assistant director for AU's Center for the Arts and Humanities, 334/844-4946; or Cameron, 334/844-2820.