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A 'desi' diaspora? The production of 'desiness' and London's Asian urban music scene

Kim, Helen (2012) A 'desi' diaspora? The production of 'desiness' and London's Asian urban music scene. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 19 (5). pp. 557-575. ISSN 1070-289X

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Identification Number: 10.1080/1070289X.2012.717511

Abstract

Increasingly, the term ‘desi’ amongst British Asians has been commonly used to describe South Asian diasporic cultural forms and practices, particularly regarding musical genres and styles. This article opens up debate on its contested meanings and usage within the London Asian urban music scene. In unpacking the complex and contradictory meanings and uses of ‘desi’ across time, space and place, ‘desiness’ becomes exemplary of the ambivalent spaces of youthful diasporic identities in process. I argue that cultural practices, such as music production and consumption, provide critical tools to critique one-dimensional notions of ‘Britishness’ and ‘Asianness’, as well as to reassert normative notions of belonging and diaspora. The exploration of diasporic identities in the making within the spaces of London Asian cultural production highlights the importance of everyday forms and practices and fosters a better understanding of multiculture and new modes of belonging in London.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gide20/current
Additional Information: © 2012 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2013 08:49
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:40
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/50416

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