Book review of "The Voice and Its Doubles: media and music in Northern Australia" by D. Fisher. Durham, NC, USA, Duke University Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-8223-6120-6

Deger, Jennifer (2017) Book review of "The Voice and Its Doubles: media and music in Northern Australia" by D. Fisher. Durham, NC, USA, Duke University Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-8223-6120-6. Australian Journal of Anthropology. (In Press)

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[Extract] In the final pages of Daniel Fisher's impressive account of the sound and music world of Aboriginal north Australia, the reader is left with a vignette that gives the book a final twang of hope. Tracey, an Aboriginal radio worker from Darwin, her young niece, and Fisher — riding along as radio station volunteer/ethnographer — visit a bush community to deliver technical and broadcast training. The highlight of the trip comes the following day, when they are taken by an old man on a hunting trip across the plains of Peppimenarti (a place, we are reminded, known to many Australians through Slim Dusty's eponymous song). As Fisher describes the events of the day he lingers with what he calls the 'real work' of the hunt: the time spent learning to skin and butcher ducks for distribution amongst kin networks. In doing so he renders an intimate scene of intergenerational learning and relationship, one that might have been lifted straight out of a prior era of anthropology, had the reader not been already been made fully aware of the disjunctive histories and frustrated desires that so profoundly shape this tender moment of culture making.

Item ID: 49463
Item Type: Article (Book Review)
ISSN: 1757-6547
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 03:01
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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