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The maintenance of Central Thai cultural identity through hybrid music genres

Ware,V 2011, The maintenance of Central Thai cultural identity through hybrid music genres, Tirai panggung, vol. 11, pp. 80-95.

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Title The maintenance of Central Thai cultural identity through hybrid music genres
Author(s) Ware,VORCID iD for Ware,V orcid.org/0000-0002-5192-3097
Journal name Tirai panggung
Volume number 11
Start page 80
End page 95
Total pages 16
Publisher University of Malaya
Place of publication Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0128-5998
Summary Thailand has experienced rapid industrialisation, modernisation and cultural changesince the mid-nineteenth century. Many Western cultural forms have been adopted intoThai life, including Western popular music. An external view of these processes andtheir results might suggest that Thailand has become quite ‘Western’. However, closeranalysis reveals that elements of foreign cultures have long been adopted and adaptedinto Thai culture, and used as social capital to build an image of modernity andcosmopolitan sophistication.One of the adaptations made has been the fusion of Western genres with Thaiones, to form new hybrid styles of music. One hybrid genre that has developed largelyover the past half century is Dontri Thai Prayuk (‘modernised Thai music’), whichfuses aspects of Western pop with elements of Central Thai classical music. As thispaper demonstrates, clear patterns emerge in the way Thai musicians have maintainedmarkers of Thai identity and fused them with Western elements that signifymodernisation.Motivations behind this deliberate fusion of Thai and Western elements areexplained by the theories of ‘musical accommodation’ and ‘acts of identity’ – thatmusicians will converge with or diverge from other music-cultures in order to gainapproval or assert a separate identity, in ways that deliberately change the underlyingrules of the source musics to form a new identity. Analysis of Dontri Thai Prayukfusion music shows that it has changed the underlying rules of Thai classical andWestern popular music to display a music-cultural identity that is Thai, yet modern.
Language eng
Field of Research 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
200202 Asian Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 940106 Citizenship and National Identity
HERDC Research category C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, University of Malaya
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