Critique of exotica : music, politics, and the culture industry
Annotation In this innovative book, John Hutnyk questions the meaning of cultural hybridity. Using the growing popularity of Asian culture in the West as a case study, he looks at just who benefits from this intermingling of culture. What does it mean when Madonna dons a bindi or Kula Shaker incorporate sitar music in their music? When Cherie Blair wears a sari to a public dinner? When the national dish in the UK is chicken tikka masala? Is this a celebration of multiculturalism or cultural appropriation? Hutnyk offers a cogently theorized political critique of the claims made in the name of hybridity and challenges the academic world to come out of its ivory tower and to engage in a critical debate around the real issues in cultural politics at the turn of the century
Print Book, English, 2000
Pluto Press, London, 2000
261 pages ; 22 cm
9780745315546, 9780745315492, 0745315542, 0745315496
Dub : introduction
Adorno at Womad
Magical mystical tourism
Authenticity or cultural politics?
Critique of postcolonial Marxisms
Conclusion : the culture industry
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