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The saving grace of social culture' : early popular music and performance culture on Thursday Island, Torres Strait, Queensland

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Karl Neuenfeldt, Stephen Mullins
This article explores the dissemination of globalised popular culture forms into the 'white culture' of colonial Thursday Island (henceforth TI), the administrative centre of Torres Strait in northern Queensland. The analysis draws on a variety of media sources from approximately 1881 to 1906. It is grounded in an historical understanding of Torres Strait as a place of cultural convergence and also a society affected profoundly by the transnational flows and connections of popular culture forms, such as music, used in part to popularise British Imperialism (MacKenzie, 1992). Both 'high' and 'Iow' culture are examined to illustrate how British and North American cultural values and institutions helped create hybrid forms which contained aspects of the two main lineages of Australian popular culture, as explored by Whiteoak (2001; 1999; 1993), Waterhouse (1995), Johnson (1987), and Bisset (1979). Our goal in this article, and other on-going research, is to appreciate TI as the hub of this process for Torres Strait.
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Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

8

Issue

2

Start Page

1

End Page

20

Number of Pages

20

ISSN

1321-8166

Location

Brisbane, Qld

Publisher

University of Qld Press

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Health and Sciences; Faculty of Informatics and Communication;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Queensland review.

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CQUniversity

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