On the margins: Torres Strait Islander women performing contemporary music

Barney, Katelyn (2007) On the margins: Torres Strait Islander women performing contemporary music. Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, 1 2: 70-90.

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Author Barney, Katelyn
Title On the margins: Torres Strait Islander women performing contemporary music
Journal name Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures
ISSN 1834-6049
1834-6057
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 1
Issue 2
Start page 70
End page 90
Total pages 21
Editor P. Hayward
M. Mitchell
Place of publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher Division of Humanities, Macquarie University
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 410101 Music
410104 Indigenous Performing Arts
C1
750201 The performing arts (incl. music, theatre and dance)
751005 Communication across languages and cultures
750309 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander development and welfare
Formatted abstract
Despite the increasing number of Torres Strait Islander musicians who are now recording their contemporary music, and aside from the work of a few notable exceptions (eg Beckett 1981; Neuenfeldt, 2002; Magowan and Neuenfeldt, 2005), Torres Strait Islander performers continue to remain marginalised in academic discourse. Further, what has been written about contemporary Indigenous Australian performance is largely about male performers—the voices of Torres Strait Islander women are noticeably absent. With reference to feminist theories of marginalisation and difference and drawing on first-hand interviews, this paper examines how Torres Strait Islander women negotiate issues of marginalisation, differentiation and identity through their music. It also considers what it means to Torres Strait Islander women to perform on the margins and the ways that contemporary music performance functions in this context as a site for resistance and affirmation of their Torres Strait Islander identities.
Keyword Torres Strait Islanders
Women
Contemporary music
Marginalisation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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