Life and Death on Mt. Everest : Sherpas and Himalayan Mountaineering 99 edition (9780691074481) - Textbooks.com Skip to main content
Ship-Ship-Hooray! Free Shipping on $25+ View Details about Free Shipping >
Life and Death on Mt. Everest : Sherpas and Himalayan Mountaineering

Life and Death on Mt. Everest : Sherpas and Himalayan Mountaineering - 99 edition

Life and Death on Mt. Everest : Sherpas and Himalayan Mountaineering - 99 edition

ISBN13: 9780691074481

ISBN10: 0691074488

Life and Death on Mt. Everest : Sherpas and Himalayan Mountaineering by Sherry B. Ortner - ISBN 9780691074481
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published:
International: No
Life and Death on Mt. Everest : Sherpas and Himalayan Mountaineering by Sherry B. Ortner - ISBN 9780691074481

ISBN13: 9780691074481

ISBN10: 0691074488

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 99
You Save $13.21 (33%)
$26.74
Condition: Very Good
100% Satisfaction Guarantee
We hand-inspect every one of our used books.

List price: $39.95

All of our used books are 100% hand-inspected and guaranteed! Happy you, happy us.

FREE Shipping on $25+
Order $25 or more and the shipping's on us. Marketplace items and other exclusions apply.
Ships tomorrow
Order by noon CST (Mon-Fri, excluding holidays). Some restrictions apply.
Easy 30-Day Returns
Not the right book for you? We accept returns within 30 days of purchase. Access codes are non-refundable once revealed or redeemed.
Ships directly from us

This title is currently not available in digital format.

Well, that's no good. Unfortunately, this edition is currently out of stock. Please check back soon.
$9.99/month
(a $29.95 value!)
Billed monthly. Cancel at any time
Homework Help
Get the write idea! Jumpstart your papers and finish your assignments quickly with high quality essay examples and research papers from StudyMode. Also included are the tools to analyze and improve your written work.
Also available in the Marketplace starting at $8.63 Hide Marketplace
Filter by: All ()  |  New ()  |  Like New ()  |  Very Good ()  |  Good ()  |  Acceptable ()
Price Condition Seller Comments

Shop Us With Confidence

Summary

The Sherpas were dead, two more victims of an attempt to scale Mt. Everest. Members of a French climbing expedition, sensitive perhaps about leaving the bodies where they could not be recovered, rolled them off a steep mountain face. One body, however, crashed to a stop near Sherpas on a separate expedition far below. They stared at the frozen corpse, stunned. They said nothing, but an American climber observing the scene interpreted their thoughts: Nobody would throw the body of a white climber off Mt. Everest.

For more than a century, climbers from around the world have journ-eyed to test themselves on Everest's treacherous slopes, enlisting the expert aid of the Sherpas who live in the area. Drawing on years of field research in the Himalayas, renowned anthropologist Sherry Ortner presents a compelling account of the evolving relationship between the mountaineers and the Sherpas, a relationship of mutual dependence and cultural conflict played out in an environment of mortal risk.

Ortner explores this relationship partly through gripping accounts of expeditions--often in the climbers' own words--ranging from nineteenth-century forays by the British through the historic ascent of Hillary and Tenzing to the disasters described in Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. She reveals the climbers, or "sahibs," to use the Sherpas' phrase, as countercultural romantics, seeking to transcend the vulgarity and materialism of modernity through the rigor and beauty of mountaineering. She shows how climbers' behavior toward the Sherpas has ranged from kindness to cruelty, from cultural sensitivity to derision. Ortner traces the political and economic factors that led the Sherpas to join expeditions and examines the impact of climbing on their traditional culture, religion, and identity. She examines Sherpas' attitude toward death, the implications of the shared masculinity of Sherpas and sahibs, and the relationship between Sherpas and the increasing number of women climbers. Ortner also tackles debates about whether the Sherpas have been "spoiled" by mountaineering and whether climbing itself has been spoiled by commercialism.

Author Bio

Ortner, Sherry B. : Columbia University in the City of New York

Sherry B. Ortner is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. She is the author of two previous books on the Sherpas of Nepal, Sherpas through Their Rituals and High Religion: A Cultural and Political History of Sherpa Buddhism (Princeton), and has also written books on social, cultural, and feminist theory. She has received numerous prestigious awards, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note to the Reader


Chapter 1. Beginning
Chapter 2. Sahibs
Chapter 3. Sherpas
Chapter 4. Monks
Chapter 5. Death
Chapter 6. Men
Chapter 7. Counterculture
Chapter 8. Women
Chapter 9. Reconfigurations
Chapter 10. Epilogue


Appendix A.Tales
Appendix B. Monasteries

Notes
References Cited
Index