Moving Out from Nepal
As opposed to the most common used form of ethnographic study of travelling to a foreign place and studying the people of that place, this paper draws on from the experience of a social science student interacting, engaging, studying, observing, and speculating about the society she has grown up in. The speculations and observations that shall be explored in the paper shall be regarding the culture of young adults in their early 20s to early 30s travelling to a foreign “developed” country, for reasons beyond the commonly ascertained educational and economic opportunities. The reasons among many include the exploration of one’s individuality, independence, and freedom in a land different than the one, one was raised in. This paper attempts to show that while the culture of “moving out” in Nepal, though did not exclusively happen in a more organized and evident manner, had been subtly practiced in our society in the past. But, due to some social changes that occurred during the past two decades, the moving out started being manifested in the increasing tendency of travelling abroad. In exploring the stories behind why urban youths move out of their homes in their country and travel to a different country, the paper seeks to understand the nuances in this phenomenon with its ties with the attitude of the society towards dating before marriages, the parents and children relationship, gendered differences among others. The paper also explores the conflict between the parent and children relationship that exists during the process of co-habitation and how the conflict has transformed and the impact it has on the relationship between the parents and the children following the move out. In exploring these dimensions, the development of digital communication mediums in the current globalized world as well as the influence of pop culture is considered.
The methodology used is the grounded theory approach where the theory building was done through constant memo-ing using the slip-box process. Since the research build up during the travel restrictions, lock down and covid crisis, the data collection process itself was exhausted through digital platforms and terrace conversations in the neighborhood.