Calling Back the Spirit

Calling Back the Spirit : Music, Dance and Cultural Politics in Lowland South Sulawesi

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"Calling Back the Spirit" describes how, in the face of Indonesian and foreign cultural pressures, the Makassarese people of South Sulawesi are defending their local spirit through music and dance. The book examines the ways performers in this corner of Indonesia seek to empower local music and dance in a changing environment. Investigating a wide range of performance genres, contexts and issues, the book argues that local performing arts, from village ritual to commercial pop, form part of the complex cultural discourse in which local sensibilities continually ressert themselves in the context of larger more

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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones and tables; 1 map and 4 music examples
  • 0195112369
  • 9780195112368

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"The picture is fascinating, detailed, and clearly presented. ... Recommended."--Choice"Sutton's understanding of the arts and education system is unparalleled in Indonesian studies ... Sutton's ethnographic method is finely tuned, his analysis of symbolic practices is astute, and his writing style is engaging and personal. ...essential reading for anyone interested in Indonesian performing arts...a remarkable ethnomusicological study."--The Journal of Asian Studiesshow more

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