Portland State University. Department of Geography
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Geography
1 online resource (95 p.)
Repeat photography -- Himalaya Mountains, Repeat photography -- Nepal -- Sagarmāthā National Park, Tourism -- Himalaya Mountains, Tourism -- Nepal -- Sagarmāthā National Park
This thesis explores the forces of change in lives and landscapes that have altered the Lamosangu-to-Everest route in northeastern Nepal and shows how a transect in photographs and conversations across the east-central Himalaya allows us insight and a greater understanding into the processes and consequences of this change.
Three forces of change over the last twenty-five years dominated discussions with local informants: the rise of the "People's War"-Nepal's Maoist Insurgency beginning in 1996; the Democratic Revolution of 1990; and dependence on tourism for livelihood after the establishment of Sagarmatha National Park in 1976. Understanding the cultural-historical context for these forces is necessary to understand the concerns of today's residents living along the Lamosangu-to-Mount Everest Base Camp transect.
The visual and ethnographic evidence discussed in this thesis takes a larger role than strict analysis of conspicuous large-scale land use change and I hope the comparative 200 I images will be used as benchmarks for future research as well as for further exploration into the ways people and place have been represented.
Anderson, Jennifer Leigh, "Lives, Livelihoods, and Landscapes: A Study of Land Use and Social Change in Northeastern Nepal" (2006). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2238.