Life and Death on Mt. Everest: Sherpas and Himalayan Mountaineering

Life and Death on Mt. Everest: Sherpas and Himalayan Mountaineering

by Sherry B. Ortner
     
 

"Sherry Ortner's Life and Death on Mt. Everest is a stunning book: it is a probing ethnography of the strange, unequal relationship between 'sahibs' and Sherpas, a suggestive social history of the contemporary leisure class, and a powerful, often painful meditation on the cult and culture of high-risk mountaineering. With a humane, ironic, steady, and

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"Sherry Ortner's Life and Death on Mt. Everest is a stunning book: it is a probing ethnography of the strange, unequal relationship between 'sahibs' and Sherpas, a suggestive social history of the contemporary leisure class, and a powerful, often painful meditation on the cult and culture of high-risk mountaineering. With a humane, ironic, steady, and compassionate gaze, Ortner looks at lives lived at the edge of an abyss."—Stephen Greenblatt

"Sherry Ortner's Life and Death on Mt. Everest is an extraordinary study of the Sherpa people, opening windows into the realities of their lives and minds, a revelatory look at the whole mountaineering thing from their perspective, and an amazingly rich account of the fascinating world of the Himalayas and the Tibetan peoples. This book is a must read for any student of Tibet and the history of the interactions of Westerners and Tibetan peoples."—Robert Thurman

"Ortner has always been one of the clearest and most forceful writers among contemporary anthropologists and her wit and lucidity are once again in evidence here."—Arjun Appadurai, University of Chicago

"This highly readable book demonstrates the best of what contemporary anthropology can offer scholars and the reading public alike. A fascinating account of a timely subject."—Naomi Bishop

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691074481
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/12/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
305,222
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note to the Reader
Ch. 1Beginning3
Ch. 2Sahibs26
Ch. 3Sherpas56
Ch. 4Monks90
Ch. 5Death124
Ch. 6Men149
Ch. 7Counterculture185
Ch. 8Women217
Ch. 9Reconfigurations248
Ch. 10Epilogue281
App. ATales295
App. BMonasteries307
Notes319
References Cited355
Index369

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