Gesturing elsewhere: the identity politics of the Balinese death/thrash metal scene

Baulch, Emma (2003) Gesturing elsewhere: the identity politics of the Balinese death/thrash metal scene. Popular Music, 22(2), 195-215 .

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This essay explores the political significance of Balinese death/thrash fandom. In the early 1990s, the emergence of a death/thrash scene in Bali paralleled growing criticism of accelerated tourism development on the island. Specifically, locals protested the increasing ubiquity of Jakarta, 'the centre', cast as threatening to an authentically 'low', peripheral Balinese culture. Similarly, death/thrash enthusiasts also gravitated toward certain fringes, although they rejected dominant notions of Balinese-ness by gesturing elsewhere, toward a global scene. The essay explores the ways in which death/thrash enthusiasts engaged with local discourses by coveting their marginality, and aims to demonstrate how their articulations of 'alien-ness' contributed in important ways to a broader regionalism.

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ID Code: 26418
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1017/S026114300300312X
ISSN: 0261-1430
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 21 Jul 2009 05:40
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2010 01:32

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