Communities, audiences, and multi-functions: British cultural politics and the showcasing of South Asian art

Bolognani, Marta (2011) Communities, audiences, and multi-functions: British cultural politics and the showcasing of South Asian art. South Asian Popular Culture, 9 (1). pp. 71-80. ISSN 1474-6689

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Abstract

The development of South Asian arts in the UK has gone from using typical colonial and ‘high culture’ showcases to using particular but still far more ‘mainstream’ formats, and has been publicly subsidised in a number of ways, including through community projects. In many respects, South Asian arts is not a ‘niche product’ any more due to the (mainly political) tension towards creating a distinctively ‘British Asian’ (or BrAsian) rather than a strictly ‘South Asian’ product. This paper draws upon two case studies of South Asian ‘cultural producers’ (Dudrah ‘Cultural Production’ 223) in Northern England to argue that showcasing South Asian art in Britain is a peculiar endeavour, the existence of which must account for multiple functions, multiple audiences and even international politics. The paper argues that recognising this fact has profound implications for the future of British Asian identities and for the negotiation between popular culture and politics.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology > GN537 Ethnic groups and races
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Depositing User: Marta Bolognani
Date Deposited: 02 May 2012 11:16
Last Modified: 02 May 2012 11:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/38879
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