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Musical Culturespeak And Cosmopolitan Identities In Australian Multiculturalism

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This chapter discusses the ways forms of culturespeak have energized activists and creators within world music and multicultural music genres in Australia, particularly discussing the way the concept of culture has been used by multicultural music organizations and by some performers in Australia over the past two to three decades. Culture enters Australian public discourse most prominently through the ideology of multiculturalism. This set of political and social ideas is musically manifested in forms of music which index social and ethnic difference, and as such are seen as publicly demonstrating our multicultural society. The chapter presents the ways in which the ideas of culture are used on the street. It describes how these concepts have been used by multicultural music organisations, performers and aficionados for political ends and ideals, though these are far from the exclusory politics of European right-wing nationalists.

Keywords: Australian multiculturalism; cosmopolitan identities; musical culturespeak



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