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Lecture 10

Lecture 10

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Girish Daswani

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Week 10 – Global Media: Hindi film in Tibetan and Nigerian contexts
Guest lecture in culture, politics, globalization
Timm Lau
-Poor roofing on first generation houses from 1960s
-Development going on, 2nd and 3rd generation houses getting better
-Build better housing
-Sweater market – bought, sent to the places where they are sold and stacked and sold to
-Tibetan trade is significant in local Indian economy
Appadurai: the imingation as social practice
-He coined the term social imaginary
-Major accomplishment there are anthropological ways to think about modernity,
consumption, public culture public culture
-Since these have not traditionally been part of anthropological research, anthropologists
have for a long time hesitated to develop tools for dealing with them empirically and
-Imagination as a social practice
-It is composed of 5 dimensions of global cultural flow; or 5 dimensions of globalscap”
flowing across cultural boundaries:
-1. Ethnoscapes – people
-2. Mediascapes
-3. Technoscapes -
-4. Finanscapes – currency markets
-5. Ideoscapes – ideologies
Ethnoscapes – according to him are landscapes of persons who constitute the shifting world in
which we live tourists, immigrants refugees exiles guest workers and other moving groups and
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persons constitute an essential feature of the world and appear to affect the politics of and
between nations to a hitherto unprecedented degree
-Lot of movement of people going on
Mediascapes – 2 main characteristics – the first involves the distribution of the electronic
capabilities to produce and disseminate information and the 2nd involves the images of the world
created by these media
-Led to imagine ourselves in relation to that imagery
Social imaginary – imagination as a social practice which takes place in a globalized world we
live in now
Hindi films and Tibetans in India
-Social environment – attracting interest – continuum of impressions you get
-Personal identity we have is constricted
-For young diasporic Tibetansstrongly identify with Tibetan preservation – Tibetans in
Tibet cannot practice their culture freely – they feel an obligation on themselves they have
to preserve their culture, and see a growing gap between them and their grandparents of
how much they know the language and culture
Tibetan cultural background
-For Tibetans Being friendly is a moral default position – how you should be
-Should be harmonious relationships in family
-Tibetans have a distrust in in-laws – they assume in laws can be trouble cause they
outsiders from family group – some do cross cousin marriage
Tibetans are famous for social practice – polyandry
-Marrying more than one male
-Its fraternal(brothers) rooted in idea that brothers are the closest kinship tie you can have
-Harmony is center of that relationship
-Polyandry – make relationship really friendly
-Older informants – all brothers marry one wife – not true
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