Gesturing elsewhere: the identity politics of the Balinese death/thrash metal scene

  title={Gesturing elsewhere: the identity politics of the Balinese death/thrash metal scene},
  author={Emma Baulch},
  journal={Popular Music},
  pages={195 - 215}
  • E. Baulch
  • Published 1 May 2003
  • Art, Sociology
  • Popular Music
This essay explores the political significance of Balinese death/thrash fandom. In the early 1990s, the emergence of a death/thrash scene in Bali paralleled growing criticism of accelerated tourism development on the island. Specifically, locals protested the increasing ubiquity of Jakarta, ‘the centre’, cast as threatening to an authentically ‘low’, peripheral Balinese culture. Similarly, death/thrash enthusiasts also gravitated toward certain fringes, although they rejected dominant notions… Expand
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