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Negotiating the Third Space: British Asian Independent Record Labels and the Cultural Politics of Difference

Saha, A (2011) Negotiating the Third Space: British Asian Independent Record Labels and the Cultural Politics of Difference. Popular Music and Society, 34 (4). 437 - 454 . ISSN 0300-7766

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Abstract

Within postcolonial discourse the emergence of British (South) Asian electronic dance music, with its conscious fusion of Eastern and Western influences, was seen as an important cultural-political moment, challenging essentialist perceptions of South Asian identity. Yet the danger is that such a perspective overstates the transgressive potential of Asian dance music. Based on in-depth interviews with managers of three independent record labels involved in the scene, this article demonstrates how standardized marketing processes transform the potentially disruptive hybridity of British Asian dance music into a source of fetishization, reinforcing the marginalization of Asian dance labels and South Asian expressive cultures in the West as a whole.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (Leeds) > Institute of Communication Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2012 13:07
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:42
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03007766.2011.601581
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Identification Number: 10.1080/03007766.2011.601581
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43717

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