Rewriting Shangri-La: Tibetan Youth, Migrations and Literacies in McLeod Ganj, India

Rewriting Shangri-La: Tibetan Youth, Migrations and Literacies in McLeod Ganj, India

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In Rewriting Shangri-La: Migrations and Everyday Literacies among Tibetan Youth in McLeod Ganj, India, Heidi Swank examines differing histories of migration and exile through the lens of everyday literacies. The youth on whom this ethnography focuses live in a community that has long been romanticized by Tibetans and non-Tibetans alike, positioning these youth to see themselves as keepers of a modern day Shangri-la. Through this ethnography - based on a decade of research - Heidi Swank suggests that through seemingly mundane writings (grocery lists, text messages, etc.) these youth are shifting what Shangri-la means by renogotiating important aspects of life in this Tibetan community to better match their lived - not romanticized - experiences as exiles in rural India.

Table of contents

Contents......Page 8
Acknowledgments......Page 10
Notes on the Transliteration and Pronunciation of Tibetan......Page 12
Part One Beginnings: Communities and Theories......Page 14
Chapter One Just Let Go of this Dream of Shangri-la......Page 16
Chapter Two Youth Communities and Methodologies......Page 46
Chapter Three Theories of and in Practice......Page 68
Part Two Histories and Writings of Kyamkyam and Shapshu......Page 86
Chapter Four Come to Learn, Go to Serve......Page 88
Chapter Five Learning to Serve and to Roam......Page 104
Chapter Six Writing Divisions......Page 123
Part Three You Can Live without a Brother, But not without a Friend......Page 142
Chapter Seven Families In Exile and Across the Himalayas......Page 144
Chapter Eight Friends like you are Really Oscar Winner......Page 164
Chapter Nine Rewriting Shangri-la......Page 184
References......Page 198
Index......Page 204

Details

  • Author: Heidi Swank
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
  • ISBN-13: 9789004263901
  • Pages: 212
  • Format: pdf
  • Size: 1.5M
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