Constructing the Local

Gregory D. Booth

in Theorizing the Local

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780195331370
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199868087 | DOI:
Constructing the Local

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This chapter examines spatial mappings of the commercial brass band tradition in India that reflect changes to traditional socioprofessional organization in the processional music trade after 1947. Caste identities engender relationships among bandsmen and sometimes between bandsmen and band owners that encourage the development of network structures. The bandsmen who participate in these networks provide a view of the “life of music in north India” that contrasts with that of Hindustani classical musicians.

Keywords: brass band; migrant musicians; professional networks; caste; spatial mappings; processional music; cultural geography

Chapter.  6634 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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