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Understanding Modernization and Cultural Resistance in Sikkim: A Sociological Analysis of Folk Music

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of sociology, sikkim university-737102, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (5), Pages 59-66, May,14 (2015)


This paper “Understanding modernization and cultural resistance in Sikkim: A sociological analysis of folk music” is based on extensive field survey incorporating the three ethnic groups viz., Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepali of Sikkim, a tiny state in the Indian sub-continent. This work basically try to understand the modernization and its impact on traditional folk culture particularly folk music of the local community of Sikkim. At present, under the threat and influence of modernization,the local community are set apart from their traditional folk culture. But, there are few bunch of people whose initiatives have facilitated to sustain and rejuvenate the dwindling culture. It is found that the peoples’ consciousness of their culture has a direct linkages with their diffusing identity. The aim of this paper is also to present such community which has been trying to resist the cultural changes under the thread of modernization. It also highlights the role of state and NGOs in order to proliferate the communities’ traditional folk culture.


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