We’re just like everyone else!’ Rethinking the cultural politics of the London Asian urban music scene

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Kim, H. 2016. We’re just like everyone else!’ Rethinking the cultural politics of the London Asian urban music scene. European Journal of Cultural Studies. 20 (2), pp. 125-140.
AuthorsKim, H.
Abstract

This article engages with the practices of politics and its presence and meanings within the Asian scene. Despite work that has taken youth cultures beyond the framework of ‘resistance’ youth cultures are often still imagined and understood through the lens of ‘resistance’. Yet, within the Asian scene, the tensions, disavowal and ambivalence towards politics points toward a more complex, multilayered understanding of contemporary youth cultural forms. This article takes into account the politics of location and of belonging that Asians within this scene are negotiating that are shaping the kind of political outlooks and attitudes that
are being voiced. The growth of a middle-class 'desi' community in the UK and the rise of neoliberalism has led to a significant decline in the practice of a radical, deliberative politics within this 'desi' scene.

KeywordsDiaspora; cultural politics; ethnicity; Neoliberalism; youth cultures
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Journal citation20 (2), pp. 125-140
ISSN1367-5494
Year2016
PublisherSAGE
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/1367549416638521
Publication dates
Print23 Apr 2016
Publication process dates
Deposited31 May 2016
Accepted10 Feb 2016
Copyright informationKim, H., 'We’re just like everyone else!’ Rethinking the cultural politics of the London Asian urban music scene, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 20(2): 125-140 © 2016 The author. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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