Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

4-1997

Abstract

As an area of geographical inquiry, popular music has not been explored to any large extent. Where writings exist, they have been somewhat divorced from recent theoretical and methodological questions that have rejuvenated social and cultural geography. In this paper, I focus on one arena which geographers can develop in their analysis of popular music, namely, the exploration of local influences and global forces in the production of music. In so doing, I wish to explore how local resources intersect with global ones in a process of transculturation. Using the example of English songs by one particular songwriter and artiste whose works are part of the popular music industry mainstream, and that of Mandarin songs of the genre xinyao, I will show that, despite increasing globalising forces, music is still an expression of local/national influences. Indeed, I will argue that globalisation intensifies localisation.

Keywords

Construction of identities, Cultural geography, Globalisation, Localisation, Music, Singapore

Discipline

Asian Studies | Music | Sociology of Culture

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Asia Pacific Viewpoint

Volume

38

Issue

1

First Page

19

Last Page

36

ISSN

1360-7456

Publisher

Wiley: 24 months

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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