Chapter

Introduction

Andrew N. Weintraub

in Dangdut Stories

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395662
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863549 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395662.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter establishes the topic, justification, theoretical framework, and methodology for the book. Dangdut Stories situates the production and circulation of meanings about a popular music genre within particular social (political and economic) and cultural (ideological) conditions.In a series of brief examples drawn from ethnographic fieldwork in Java, Sumatra, and Kalimantan, the author shows how dangdut participates in social discourses, or “stories,” about social class relations, national belonging, and gendered power and difference in contemporary Indonesia.

Keywords: dangdut; music and genre; popular music; Indonesia; music and social class; music and ethnicity; music and gender; music and nation; music and Islam

Chapter.  9453 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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