- anthropology, gender and social change in Himalayan Asia
- the political and economic pressures on local ethnic communities
- the different ways in which people relate their own experiences and reflections to larger cultural and esthetic frameworks, such as those of ritual, religion and song
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1983 Weaving, Writing, and Gender. Man, New Series 18(4):729-744.
2002 If Each Come Halfway: Meeting Tamang Woman in Nepal. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press (CUP).
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2003 Two Houses and the Pain of Separation in Tamang Narratives from Highland Nepal. In Songs, Stories, Lives: Gendered Dialogues and Cultural Critique. Gloria Goodwin Raheja ,ed. Pp 134-172. New Delhi: Kali for Women.
1998 Engendered Bodies, Embodied Genders. In Selves in Time and Place: Identities, Experience, and History in Nepal. Debra Skinner, Alfred Pach III, and Dorothy Holland, eds. Pp 219-236. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
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