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Making Aboriginal Men and Music in Central Australia


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Introduction Preface 1. Real and Imagined Aboriginal Music, Men and Place 2. Desert Musics 3. Music and Men in the Aboriginal Studio 4. Men Making the Studio 5. Playing Aboriginal Communities 6. Blackfellas Playing Whitefella Towns 7. Touring Blackfellas 8. Changing Aboriginal Men and Musicians References Index

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This detailed ethnographic study explores contemporary forms of Aboriginal manhood in the world of country, rock and reggae music making in Central Australia.

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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. -- Jack David Eller * Anthropology Review Database *
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 *

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