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Music, space, identity: geographies of youth culture in Bangalore

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Journal publication date2002
JournalCultural Studies
Journal number3
Volume16
Number of pages14
Pages337-350
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article begins from a perceived lack of empirical evidence in cultural studies, namely the ethnography of cultural globalization in ‘global cities’ other than those of the West. Youth culture among the upper strata of the South-Indian metropolis Bangalore is taken as an instance of how mod- ernity is experienced and produced in the post-colonial Third World. The focus lies on the reception of Western pop music, but music is treated broadly as a practice situated in, and producing, real and imagined space. Two examples of these musical practices serve to elaborate on Indian power relations, Indian modernity and the critical geography of music.