The introduction to the book begins by describing dohori song—conversational, dialogic sung poetry with improvised lyrics—and discussing the different types of dohori and contexts in which it is performed, particularly the “binding dohori contest” or song duel between members of the opposite sex. It addresses dohori’s relations with social divisions and social change, within the specific context of recent histories of migration and social and political change in Nepal. And it frames the study in terms of performance as social action, ruralization, and theories of publicity and intimacy. The introduction concludes with an outline of the remaining chapters of the book.
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