Social Science Baha
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KAMAUNE: The Cultural and Economic Imaginaries of Migration

Supported by: The Foundation to Promote Open Society (FPOS)
June 2014

This paper attempts to understand the rationale for out-migration from the vantage point of those ‘left behind’ primarily kin members, regarding the ones ‘who left’ – the migrants. Kamauna is an economic term, but it holds a distinct multifaceted cultural meaning in the context of local households and the socio-cultural milieu of Gwaldaha, a small town on the outskirts of Kathmandu whereby kamaune, the act of earning, is imbued with present needs and future dreams. The study unravels this vernacular notion, comprised of multiple meanings, in the context of this research. The research paper KAMAUNE: The Cultural and Economic Imaginaries of Migration was published on June 2014.