"We Sing in Dialects Even As We Wander Far From Home": Performing the Local in Polyglot Southern China
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AbstractThis article investigates the intersecting aesthetic and political dimensions of the use of local dialects by an expanding cohort of musicians in southern China. Attending to processes of composition, rehearsal, performance, and listening in a polyglot cosmopolitan setting marked by uneven linguistic competencies, I suggest a framework for understanding how the sounds of language in popular music–even when minimally understood–communicate notions of place and articulate social formations. I apply this framework to an analysis of the ways the production, circulation, and consumption of this music relate to shifting conceptions of the local in contemporary China.
Acceptance Date04/07/2018
All Author(s) ListAdam Kielman
Journal namePopular Music and Society
Year2018
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
ISSN0300-7766
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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