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Representations of Exile in Afghan Oral Poetry and Songs

Jafari, B. & Schuster, L. ORCID: 0000-0003-2896-0575 (2019). Representations of Exile in Afghan Oral Poetry and Songs. Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, 10(2), pp. 183-203. doi: 10.1386/cjmc_00002_1


In our examination of the representations of exile in Afghan popular culture, we focus in particular on popular poetry and song lyrics in Farsi, one of the national languages of Afghanistan. This article concentrates on the voices of exiles, their self-representation and their descriptions of life far from their homeland. We argue that, in addition to offering catharsis and expressing collective suffering, the verses are also used to urge return and, more recently, to voice complaints to and about host societies, as well as critique the Afghan government for its failure.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright 2020, Intellect.
Publisher Keywords: Exile, migration, Afghanistan, Dubaiti, Poetry, popular songs, Oral culture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
P Language and Literature
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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