‘Trans-Asia as Method’: Popular Music and People’s Negotiation with Power (in Indonesia)

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Date(s) - 28/03/2013
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)


“Popular Music and People’s Negotiation with Power (in Indonesia)”

Presenter: Dr. Max Richter (Monash Sustainability Institute)

Discussant: Prof. Carolyn Stevens (School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics)

This paper will reflect on a model I developed some years ago with the aim of better understanding interactions between social identity, musical performance and negotiations of power in Yogyakarta (Indonesia). For this model I drew on and sought to modify Pierre Bourdieu’s concepts of capital, habitus and field. In the seminar discussion I am interested in exploring commonalities and contrasts as they may appear in other Asian street settings, popular music styles, and also in other ways of understanding power, for example through Anderson’s ‘idea of power in Javanese culture’.