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Title:From place to placelessness: Malawian musicians, commercial music, and social worlds in southern Africa
Author(s):Deja, Richard Michael
Director of Research:Turino, Thomas
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Buchanan, Donna
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Solis, Gabriel; Barnes, Teresa
Department / Program:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Malawian Music
Popular Music in Malawi
southern Africa
Music in southern Africa
Popular music
African popular music
social worlds
cultural citizenship
Abstract:This dissertation examines how social belonging and community ties among Malawians and other individuals in southern Africa articulate with multiple geographic and social scales. As an ethnographic study focusing on musicians, this work demonstrates how musical sounds and practices are integrated into the construction of individual and group subjectivities. Using musical practices as tangible references to various social worlds among specific individuals, this study illustrates the complex multiplicity of Malawian subjectivities and identities. In conjunction with a substantial literature, this study is also intended as a corrective to social analyses that are overly binary in scope: global-local, African-Western, Cosmopolitan-non-Cosmopolitan, modern-traditional.
Issue Date:2016-07-08
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Richard M. Deja
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-11-10
Date Deposited:2016-08

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