Creating a scene: Balinese punk's beginnings

Baulch, Emma (2002) Creating a scene: Balinese punk's beginnings. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 5(2), pp. 153-177.

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Abstract

The promotion of alternative music by deregulated television and recording industries, together with the increasingly felt presence of the metropolis, converged on Balinese cultural and physical landscapes in the 1990s. Mirroring developments in broader society, a regionalist discourse, which polarized notions of ‘centre’ and ‘periphery’, emerged among Balinese youth in the context of the local band scene. For certain musicians, musical authenticity was firmly rooted in a cultural and geographical locale, and was articulated by their abhorrence for socializing at shopping malls. In contrast, these Balinese alternative (including punk) musicians sought authenticity in a metropolitan elsewhere. This article is a case study of the indigenization of a ‘global’ code in a non-western periphery. It contests arguments for the ‘post-imperial’ nature of globalization, and demonstrates the continued salience of centre–periphery dialectics in local discourses. At the same time, the study attests to the progressive role a metropolitan superculture can play in cultural renewal in the periphery.

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ID Code: 26500
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: alternapunk, Bali, Globalization, identity politics, metropolis, regionalist discourse, shopping malls, social spatialization, youth subculture
DOI: 10.1177/1367877902005002569
ISSN: 1460-356X
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Sage Publications
Deposited On: 27 Jul 2009 03:32
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2010 01:32

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