Playing with Others and Selves: Australian Aboriginal Desert Musicians on Tour

Ottosson, Ase (2009) Playing with Others and Selves: Australian Aboriginal Desert Musicians on Tour. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 10 (2). pp. 98-112. ISSN 1444-2213

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Based on extensive fieldwork among Aboriginal country, rock and reggae musicians in the Central Australian deserts, the present paper expands the analytical theme of mediation for exploring intercultural transformations of Indigenous and male modes of being. Drawing on ethnographic descriptions from interstate touring ventures, it explores how various and overlapping ideas of masculinity and sense of selves are mobilised and transformed as the men engage with other ‘blackfella’ and ‘whitefella’ places, people and models of manhood and music. From such engagements, ambivalent ‘mongrel’ Aboriginal and male selves emerge that are nonetheless experienced as distinctive and deeply meaningful.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Aboriginal Australia; Popular Music; Intercultural Theory; Masculinity
Field of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190401 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Performing Arts
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Date Deposited: 19 May 2011 03:34
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2011 22:00

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