Constructing Regionalism: Discourses of Spirituality and Cultural Poverty in the Popular Music of Uttarakhand, North India

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ProQuest, 2008 - 396 pages
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Throughout the dissertation, I examine the oppositional understanding of cultural regionalism between the Uttarakhand Himalayas and the plains through several nested discourses: (1) the discourse of spirituality, in which Uttarakhand is idealized as a pure, spiritual region in contrast to the commercial secularism of the plains region; and (2) the discourse of cultural poverty, through which the Himalayan region is understood as socially and economically underdeveloped in comparison to the plains. I further subdivide the discourse of cultural poverty into (2a) the discourse of lack, in which the cultural poverty of Uttarakhand is considered an essentialized characteristic of "backwardness"; and (2b) the discourse of decline, in which Uttarakhand is understood to be suffering a "fall" from an idealized past because of its cultural and economic dependency on the plains region.
 

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Contents

UNDERSTANDING REGIONALISM AND POPULAR MUSIC
36
THE EVOLUTION OF LOK SANGlT AND THE LOK KALAKAR
83
UTTARAKHANDI GIT ACROSS MEDIA FORMS
131
MAKING MUSIC REGIONAL IN THE RECORDING STUDIO
176
THE SOCIAL ECONOMICS
221
STAGING POSSESSION RITUAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL
259
FROM HUMAN MEDIA TO MASS MEDIA?
304
EPILOGUE
341
TEXT AND ANALYSIS OF NARENDRA SINGH NEGIS
348
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