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Making Aboriginal Men and Music in Central Australia

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ISBN 9781350040113
Published May 18, 2017 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

This detailed ethnographic study explores the intercultural crafting of contemporary forms of Aboriginal manhood in the world of country, rock and reggae music making in Central Australia. Focusing on four different musical contexts – an Aboriginal recording studio, remote Aboriginal settlements, small non-indigenous towns, and tours beyond the musicians’ homeland – the author challenges existing scholarly, political and popular understandings of Australian Aboriginal music, men, and related indigenous matters in terms of radical social, cultural and racial difference. Based on extensive anthropological field research among Aboriginal rock, country and reggae musicians in small towns and remote desert settlements in Central Australia, the book investigates how Aboriginal musicians experience and articulate various aspects of their male and indigenous sense of selves as they make music and engage with indigenous and non-indigenous people, practices, places, and sets of values.Making Aboriginal Men and Music is a highly original, intimate study which advances our understanding of contemporary indigenous and male identity formation within Aboriginal Australian society. Providing new analytical insights for scholars and students in fields such as social and cultural anthropology, cultural studies, popular music, and gender studies, this engaging text makes a significant contribution to the study of indigenous identity formation in remote Australia and beyond.

Table of Contents

IntroductionPreface1. Real and Imagined Aboriginal Music, Men and Place2. Desert Musics 3. Music and Men in the Aboriginal Studio4. Men Making the Studio5. Playing Aboriginal Communities6. Blackfellas Playing Whitefella Towns7. Touring Blackfellas8. Changing Aboriginal Men and MusiciansReferencesIndex

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Dr Ase Ottosson is a Lecturer and Researcher in Anthropology at the University of Sydney, Australia.


"Anthropologists like me who have sojourned among Aboriginals will immediately recognize the ways of life described here, but all anthropologists will find relevant discussions of gender, music, and intercultural contact. - Anthropology Review Database - Jack David Eller In Making Aboriginal Men and Music in Central Australia, ?se Ottosson presents a detailed and innovative ethnography of Desert Aboriginal music … With this volume, Ottosson’s important contribution to the literature on Aboriginal music goes far beyond popular points of analysis in other writings. Her study of the intercultural is an exploration of the interplay between Aboriginal people, as expressed in their music making, and how this is an essential social form in the domain of Aboriginal men. - American Anthropologist This monograph is based on substantial fieldwork with Aboriginal musicians, and studies the articulation of masculinity and indigeneity through popular music practices, The judges found the work an outstanding and original contribution to research in the field of popular music in the Australian region with innovative scholarly content, methodology and argument. - The Judges of the Rebecca Coyle Prize 2016"