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Singing Across Divides: Music and Intimate Politics in Nepal

Anna Marie Stirr


An ethnographic study of music, performance, migration, and circulation, this book examines how forms of love and intimacy are linked to changing conceptions of political solidarity and forms of belonging, through the lens of Nepali dohori song. The book describes dohori: improvised, dialogic performed poetry that is sung, in which a witty repartee of exchanges is based on poetic couplets with a fixed rhyme scheme, often backed by instrumental music and accompanying dance, performed between men and women, with a primary focus on romantic love. The book tells the story of dohori’s relationship ... More

Keywords: folk music, song, exchange, intimacy, politics, Nepal, migration, gender, intersectionality, performed poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190631970
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190631970.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Marie Stirr, author
Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, University of Hawaii Manoa