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Flexibility and egalitarianism: musical insights from hunter-gatherers

Rudge, A; (2019) Flexibility and egalitarianism: musical insights from hunter-gatherers. Ethnomusicology Forum , 28 (2) pp. 163-183. 10.1080/17411912.2019.1683875. Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Article
Title: Flexibility and egalitarianism: musical insights from hunter-gatherers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/17411912.2019.1683875
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/17411912.2019.1683875
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Hunter-gatherer, egalitarianism, polyphony, aesthetics, diversity, flexibility
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087351
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