What is it about?

The construction of meanings in Islamic musical performances in different contexts offers various process of identity formation among listeners in West Java, Indonesia. This is also driven by political change in the country.

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Why is it important?

This article considers listening to music contributes to the process of identity formation. Ethnic identity is often considered as singular yet in fact it can be expressed in various ways with diverse meanings. I found different concepts of village and urban listeners when it comes to listening the same music genre.


Writing this article is a great experience, especially with the theme that rarely discussed so I hope this article can contribute significantly to the area of anthropology and music, and it can fill the gap of the scholarship in the field.

Neneng Lahpan
Institut Seni Budaya Indonesia Bandung

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This page is a summary of: Islamic Musical Forms and Local Identity in Post-Reform Indonesia, Bijdragen tot de taal- land- en volkenkunde / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia, July 2019, Brill,
DOI: 10.1163/22134379-17502003.
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