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Presentation Title: Narratives of estranged youths in Thimphu, Bhutan

Section: Community and Identity IV

Location: , 219

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 3:50pm - 4:05pm

Abstract:

It is interesting to reexamine everything that seemed "real" and "true" for you in a place. I was born and raised in the capitol city of Bhutan, Thimphu. After revisiting my city five consecutive summers, I noted an interesting trend in the culture and narrative surrounding youths. It was only as I stepped out of the space that I started noticing the system's various gaps and cracks.

My thesis looks at several narratives of young individuals in Thimphu who are often viewed as "problem youths" and estranged figures in the community. Their narratives weave a story of the city they live in and its various shortcomings, some of which are the incredible tension between development and cultural preservation and the growing gap between the powerful and powerless. This research might be able to push the city into examining its so called “youth issue” more in depth and honestly.

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Sociology & Anthropology

Presentation Topic: Power

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Yudon, Tshering
Major(s): Sociology and Anthropology
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Sheridan, Michael J.
Dept(s): Sociology and Anthropology

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