Dis-Orienting Rhythms

The Politics of the New Asian Dance Music

Sanjay Sharma, John Hutnyk, and Ashwani Sharma

Dis-Orienting Rhythms

Sanjay Sharma, John Hutnyk, and Ashwani Sharma

Distributed for Zed Books

240 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781856494700 Published November 1996 For sale in North and South America only
Blurring the boundaries between academic and cultural production, this book produces a new understanding of the world significance of South Asian culture in multi-racist societies. One of the first sustained attempts to situate such production within the study of race and identity, it uncovers the crucial role that contemporary South Asian dance music has played in the formation of a new urban cultural politics.

The book opens by positing new theoretical understandings of South Asian cultural representation that move beyond essentialist ethnicity in the cultural studies literature. Contributors narrate the formation of South Asian expressive culture coming emerging from the highly charged context of UK Black politics. Part three assumes the task of historical recovery, looking at the antecedents of political South Asian musical performance, autonomous anti-racist organising and problems of alliance with the white Left. Part four engages with the movements and translations of cultural productions across the world - not just in Britain or South Asia, but also Canada, North America, Fiji, Malaysia, Australia, West Africa, Europe, but particularly in the fractured spaces of a postcolonial Britain in decline.
Contents
Introduction
1. Sounds Oriental: The (Im)possibility of theorising Asian musical cultures
2. Noisy Asians or ‘Asian noise‘?
3. Asian Kool?: Bhangra and beyond
4. Re-mixing identities: Off the Turn-Table
5. Psyche and soul: A view from the ‘South‘
6. Re-sounding (anti)racism, or concordant politics?: The new Asian dance music and its Revolutionary Antecedents
7. Repetitive beatings or criminal justice?
8. Versioning terror: Jallianwala Bagh and the Jungle
9. New paths for South Asian identity and musical creativity.
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