Invitations to Love: Literacy, Love Letters and Social Change in Nepal (Paperback)Laura M. Ahearn (author)
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The love-letter correspondences examined by Ahearn also provide a deeper understanding of the social effects of literacy. While the acquisition of literary skills may open up new opportunities for some individuals, such skills can also impose new constraints, expectations, and disappointments. The increase in female literacy rates in Junigau in the 1990s made possible the emergence of new courtship practices and facilitated self-initiated marriages, but it also reinforced certain gender ideologies and undercut some avenues to social power, especially for women.
Scholars, and students in such fields as anthropology, women's studies, linguistics, development studies, and South Asian studies will find this book ethnographically rich and theoretically insightful.
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 488 g
Dimensions: 230 x 159 x 23 mm
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