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Rudge, Alice (2019) 'Flexibility and egalitarianism: musical insights from hunter-gatherers.' Ethnomusicology Forum, 28 (2). pp. 163-183.

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Among egalitarian hunter-gatherer groups across the African continent, musical practices and egalitarian socialities are argued to be mutually implicated with one another. Southeast Asian hunter-gatherers also practice egalitarianism, however, and their musical practices represent a seeming anomaly alongside those of many African hunter-gatherer groups. Discussion of ‘hunter-gatherer musics’ that includes Southeast Asian perspectives has therefore been absent, even though cross-cultural, continent-spanning research with hunter-gatherers is common on topics such as politics, economics, and subsistence. Insights into egalitarianism can be gained through attention to the diversity in hunter-gatherer musical practices. This discussion of Ju|'hoan (Namibia) and Batek (Malaysia) musical practices demonstrates that egalitarianism can be understood in terms of its flexibility.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Hunter-gatherer, egalitarianism, polyphony, aesthetics, diversity, flexibility
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
ISSN: 17411912
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article/chapter accepted for publication in Ethnomusicology Forum, 28 (2). pp. 163-183 (2019), published by Taylor and Francis. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2023 09:38

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