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Music in Pacific Island Cultures: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture by Brian Diettrich, Jane Freeman Moulin, Michael Webb (review)

Music in Pacific Island Cultures: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture by Brian Diettrich, Jane... book and media reviews or tossed in jail when they begin to become too effective at mobilizing support or engaging audiences, especially international onlookers. However, I appreciated the urging of these authors to reframe the violence and exploitation of Indonesian colonialism as a matter of how and why West Papuans continue to pursue merdeka and sovereignty in spite of these conditions. Both authors are frank about the obvious constraints on long-term, contiguous ethnographic research in West Papua--the fact that foreign researchers are almost never granted formal permits required by the government, for one thing. Nonetheless, neither book can be criticized on the grounds that there are incredible challenges to doing sustained ethnographic research in West Papua. That the field of West Papuan studies could use more in-depth investigations of the everyday lives of West Papuans, either by indigenous scholars, foreign scholars, or in some kind of collaboration, takes nothing away from these excellent contributions. Politics, even when not including the threat of detention or the imprisonment or death of informants, always shapes the kinds of research questions asked and answers pursued. Both of these books present fascinating contributions to the study of West Papuan freedom dreams, and I http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Music in Pacific Island Cultures: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture by Brian Diettrich, Jane Freeman Moulin, Michael Webb (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 25 (2) – Aug 2, 2013

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book and media reviews or tossed in jail when they begin to become too effective at mobilizing support or engaging audiences, especially international onlookers. However, I appreciated the urging of these authors to reframe the violence and exploitation of Indonesian colonialism as a matter of how and why West Papuans continue to pursue merdeka and sovereignty in spite of these conditions. Both authors are frank about the obvious constraints on long-term, contiguous ethnographic research in West Papua--the fact that foreign researchers are almost never granted formal permits required by the government, for one thing. Nonetheless, neither book can be criticized on the grounds that there are incredible challenges to doing sustained ethnographic research in West Papua. That the field of West Papuan studies could use more in-depth investigations of the everyday lives of West Papuans, either by indigenous scholars, foreign scholars, or in some kind of collaboration, takes nothing away from these excellent contributions. Politics, even when not including the threat of detention or the imprisonment or death of informants, always shapes the kinds of research questions asked and answers pursued. Both of these books present fascinating contributions to the study of West Papuan freedom dreams, and I

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 2, 2013

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