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Author Alajaji, Sylvia, 1979-
Title Music and the Armenian diaspora : searching for home in exile / Sylvia Angelique Alajaji.
Imprint Bloomington ; Indianapolis : Indiana University Press, 2015.
©2015.

Series Public cultures of the Middle East and North Africa.
Ethnomusicology multimedia.
Public cultures of the Middle East and North Africa.
Ethnomusicology multimedia.
Subject Armenians -- Foreign countries -- Music -- History and criticism.
Expatriate musicians -- Social conditions.
Musicians -- Armenia (Republic) -- Social conditions.
Music -- Armenia -- History and criticism.
Musicians -- Armenia -- Social conditions.
Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Ottoman Empire, 1890-1915 -- New York, 1932-1958 -- Beirut, 1932-1958 -- Beirut, 1958-1980 -- California.
Summary Survivors of the Armenian genocide of 1915 and their descendants have used music to adjust to a life in exile and counter fears of obscurity. In this nuanced and richly detailed study, Sylvia Angelique Alajaji shows how the boundaries of Armenian music and identity have been continually redrawn: from the identification of folk music with an emergent Armenian nationalism under Ottoman rule to the early postgenocide diaspora community of Armenian musicians in New York, a more self-consciously nationalist musical tradition that emerged in Armenian communities in Lebanon, and more recent clashes over music and politics in California. Alajaji offers a critical look at the complex and multilayered forces that shape identity within communities in exile, demonstrating that music is deeply enmeshed in these processes. Multimedia components available online include video and audio recordings to accompany each case study.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780253017765 (electronic bk.)
0253017769 (electronic bk.)
9780253017550
0253017556
9780253017611
0253017610
OCLC # 919495839
Additional Format Print version: Alajaji, Sylvia, 1979- Music and the Armenian diaspora 9780253017550 (DLC) 2015008802 (OCoLC)904756051.