The exciting diasporic sounds of the London Asian urban music scene are a cross-section of the various genres of urban music that include bhangra "remix," R&B and hip hop styles, as well as dubstep and other "urban" sample-oriented electronic music. This book brings together a unique analysis of urban underground music cultures in exploring just how members of this "scene" take up space in "super-diverse" London. It provides a fresh perspective on the creativity of British South Asian youth culture, and makes a significant sociological intervention into this area by bringing the focus back onto urgent issues of "race" ethnicity alongside class and gender within youth cultural studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Don’t Talk, Just Dance: Fieldwork in the Club and Elsewhere 3. How "Desi" Is "Desi"?: The Making of London’s Desi Diasporic Identities 4. "Brown Boys Doing It Like This"? The Neo-Liberal Politics of the Asian Scene 5. Bombay Bronx: Space, Capital and Cultural Production and the Asian Urban Scene 6. "No Caps, No All Male Groups!": The Regulation of Asians in London Clubs. Conclusion: The Threat of the "Other."
Helen Kim is an LSE Fellow in Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science.