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Theorizing the LocalMusic, Practice, and Experience in South Asia and Beyond$
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Richard Wolf

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331370.001.0001

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Constructing the Local

Constructing the Local

Migration and Cultural Geography in the Indian Brass Band Trade

(p.81) Chapter 5 Constructing the Local
Theorizing the Local

Gregory D. Booth

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines spatial mappings of the commercial brass band tradition in India that reflect changes to traditional socioprofessional organization in the processional music trade after 1947. Caste identities engender relationships among bandsmen and sometimes between bandsmen and band owners that encourage the development of network structures. The bandsmen who participate in these networks provide a view of the “life of music in north India” that contrasts with that of Hindustani classical musicians.

Keywords:   brass band, migrant musicians, professional networks, caste, spatial mappings, processional music, cultural geography

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