The theoretical aim of the following study is to critically compare the functions of social ethics in Durkhemian, post-modern and communitarian dialogical models while constructing a unique theoretical model of "shifting solidarities" influenced by these perspectives. This macro theoretical model is applied to contemporary cultural globalization theories of "globalization" and "scape interaction". Two comparative, largely qualitative case studies regarding populations of the emerging Nepalese middle-class are examined through my theoretical lens: 1) music teachers, concert organizers and musicians in Kathmandu heavy metal music scene and 2) Nepalese graduate students enrolled in an American university. These case studies examine how members of the Nepalese middle-class combine international sources of social identity to construct ideas of locality and nationality through global dialogues with the fantastical "Other".


Tierney, Thomas


Sociology and Anthropology


Educational Sociology | Ethnomusicology | Politics and Social Change

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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