Critique Of Exotica: Music, Politics and the Culture Industry

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In this innovative book, John Hutnyk questions the meaning of cultural hybridity. Using the growing popularity of Asian culture in the West as a case study, he looks at just who benefits from this intermingling of culture. Focusing on music, race and politics, Hutnyk offers a cogently theorised critique of the culture industry. He looks at artists such as Asian Dub Foundation, FunDaMental and Apache Indian to see how their music is both produced and received. He analyses ‘world’ music festivals, racist policing and the power of corporate pop stars to market exotica across the globe. Throughout, Hutnyk provides a searing critique of a world that sells exotica as race relations and visibility as redress.
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Focussing on music, race, and politics, Hutnyk (anthropology, Goldsmiths College) offers a theoretical critique of the "culture industry" and its shallow acceptance of multiculturalism. He also challenges academic complicity with the promotion of the "exotic," and urges the politicization of ethnographic research. Drawing from critical theory, he considers popular music as a location for political and cultural struggle, and outlines its organizing potential. Distributed in the US by Stylus. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745315546
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2000
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hutnyk is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Goldsmiths College, London. He is the author of The Rumour of Calcutta: Tourism, Charity and the Poverty of Representations (1996) and co-editor of Dis-Orienting Rhythms (1996).
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Table of Contents

Alliances
1. Dub Introduction
2. Adorno At Womad
3. Dog Tribe
Appropriations
4. Magical Mystical Tourism
5. Authenticity Or Cultural Politics Internationalisms
6. Critique Of Postcolonial Marxisms
7. Naxalite
8. Conclusion
Index
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