Constructing Regionalism: Discourses of Spirituality and Cultural Poverty in the Popular Music of Uttarakhand, North India
ProQuest, 2008 - 396 pages
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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UNDERSTANDING REGIONALISM AND POPULAR MUSIC
THE EVOLUTION OF LOK SANGlT AND THE LOK KALAKAR
UTTARAKHANDI GIT ACROSS MEDIA FORMS
MAKING MUSIC REGIONAL IN THE RECORDING STUDIO
THE SOCIAL ECONOMICS
STAGING POSSESSION RITUAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL
FROM HUMAN MEDIA TO MASS MEDIA?
TEXT AND ANALYSIS OF NARENDRA SINGH NEGIS
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