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Echoes from Dharamsala: Music in the life of a Tibetan Refugee Community

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Title:Echoes from Dharamsala: Music in the life of a Tibetan Refugee Community


Author:Keila Diehl

Publisher:University of California Press

Publish Year:2002

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Paper Back

Subject:Anthropology/ Sociology | Tibet | Music/Dance/Theatre | Tibetan History


Remarks:B&W Photographs, Map, Bibliography, Glossary and Index.


Size:154 x 228 mm


Price:USD 13.94

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  • In Echoes from Dharamsala, Keila Diehl uses music to understand the experiences of Tibetans living in Dharamsala, a town in the Indian Himalayas that for more than forty years has been home to Tibet's government-in-exile. The Dalai Lama's presence lends Dharamsala's Tibetans a feeling of being "in place," but at the same time they have physically and psychologically constructed Dharamsala as "not Tibet," as a temporary resting place to which many are unable or unwilling to become attached. Not surprisingly, this community struggles with notions of home, displacement, ethnic identity, and assimilation. Diehl's ethnography explores the contradictory realities of cultural homogenization, hybridity, and concern about ethnic purity as they are negotiated in the everyday lives of individuals. In this way, she complicates explanations of culture change provided by the popular idea of "global flow."

    Keila Diehl

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