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Author Fisher, James F.

Title Sherpas : reflections on change in Himalayan Nepal / James F. Fisher ; with a foreword by Sir Edmund Hillary.

Publication Info. Berkeley : University of California Press, [1990]


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Description 1 online resource (xxv, 205 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-193) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents 1. The Himalayan schoolhouse expedition, 1964 -- 2. A tradition of change -- 3. Schools for Sherpas -- 4. A torrent of tourists -- 5. How Sherpas see the future -- 6. Summary and conclusion.
Summary James Fisher combines the strengths of technical anthropology, literary memoir, and striking photography in this telling study of rapid social change in Himalayan Nepal. The author first visited the Sherpas of Nepal when he accompanied Sir Edmund Hilary on the Himalayan Schoolhouse Expedition of 1964. Returning to the Everest region several times during the 1970s and 1980s, he discovered that the construction of the schools had far less impact than one of the by-products of their building: a short-take-off-and-landing airstrip. By reducing the time it took to travel between Kathmandu and the Everest region from a hike of several days to a 45-minute flight, the airstrip made a rapid increase in tourism possible. Beginning with his impressions of Sherpa society in pre-tourist days, Fisher traces the trajectory of contemporary Sherpa society reeling under the impact of modern education and mass tourism, and assesses the Sherpa's concerns for their future and how they believe these problems should be and eventually will be resolved.
Subject Sherpa (Nepalese people)
Solukhumbū (Nepal) -- Description and travel.
Education -- Nepal -- Solukhumbū.
Tourism -- Nepal -- Solukhumbū.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Education. (OCoLC)fst00902499
Sherpa (Nepalese people) (OCoLC)fst01115867
Tourism. (OCoLC)fst01153142
Travel. (OCoLC)fst01155558
Nepal -- Solukhumbū. (OCoLC)fst01231024
Sozialer Wandel.
Other Form: Print version: Fisher, James F. Sherpas. Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1990 0520067703 (DLC) 89027155 (OCoLC)20422241
ISBN 9780520909946 (electronic bk.)
0520909941 (electronic bk.)
0585236666 (electronic bk.)
9780585236667 (electronic bk.)
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