Conclusion: Why Dangdut?

Andrew N. Weintraub

in Dangdut Stories

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395662
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863549 | DOI:
Conclusion: Why Dangdut?

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Chapter 9 summarizes the central arguments of the book. The analysis of sound, images, and texts demonstrate the ways in which dangdut as an aesthetic practice and a social discourse narrates stories about social class, ethnicity, gender, and nation. Chapter 9 shows how contemporary examples of dangdut music, film, and popular discourse reflect the themes developed in the previous chapters. The articulation of dangdut, pornography, and Islam demonstrates the centrality of popular music and performance in public debates about Islam, social class relations, and the role of women in contemporary Indonesia.

Keywords: Dangdut film; pornography; Islam

Chapter.  3792 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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