What sustains and remakes family and community disrupted by migration?
From a high Himalayan kingdom to the streets of Brooklyn and Queens, The Ends of Kinship by Sienna Craig explores dynamics of migration and social change. Drawing on more than two decades of fieldwork with people in and from Mustang, Nepal, this book combines narrative ethnography and short fiction to question how different generations abide with and understand each other. It also speaks broadly to issues of immigration and diaspora; belonging and identity; and the nexus of environmental, economic, and cultural transformation.
“Life at the ends of kinship is exposed here through masterful storytelling, giving us a glimpse into the sadness, hopes and joys of Nepalis on the move.”—Vincanne Adams, University of California, San Francisco
Sienna R. Craig is associate professor of anthropology at Dartmouth College, and author of Healing Elements: Efficacy and the Social Ecologies of Tibetan Medicine.
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For centuries, people from Mustang, Nepal, have relied on agriculture, pastoralism, and trade as a way of life. Seasonal migrations to South Asian cities for trade as well as temporary wage labor abroad have shaped their experiences for decades. Yet, more recently, permanent migrations to New York City, where many have settled, are reshaping lives and social worlds.