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Decolonising art and media in Madrid and Sydney: the articulation of political identities in the (in)formal Resistance

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posted on 2022-03-28, 12:16 authored by Ángeles Montalvo Chaves
This thesis is based on fieldwork conducted in two different urban contexts. I explore the cultural and media practices of Latin American people in Madrid, Spain and Aboriginal people in Sydney, Australia. I argue that both case studies constitute attempts to decolonise the dominant and homogeneous representations of these peoples within mediatised industries. Utilising a range of research methods that include multi-located ethnography, participant observation, interviews and analysis of the creative works of two radio and theatre groups in each location, I evoke different social worlds where political identities of resistance are articulated. Attention to daily practices reveals both groups’ difficulties in accessing commodified media markets, in part because of their physical characteristics. Further, I show how these groups find their own ways to expose their subjectivities and disseminate their creative works, voices and responses, including dialogues with institutions and funding bodies. The analysis of these groups presents different results yet overall shows commonalities in how these collectives use similar tools to counteract the residues of colonialism in the present. Throughout this thesis, colonialism appears as an unfinished power relation betweendominant groups and minority groups in Spanish and Australian societies. Esta tesis se basa en el trabajo de campo realizado en dos contextos urbanos distintos. Exploro las prácticas culturales y mediáticas de latinoamericanos en Madrid, España y aborígenes en Sídney, Australia. Argumento que estos casos de estudio constituyen intentos por parte de estos dos grupos por descolonizar representaciones dominantes y homogéneas en las industrias mediáticas. Utilizando una metodología variada que incluye etnografía multi-local, observación participante, entrevistas y el análisis de los trabajos creativos de los dos grupos de radio y teatro en cada localidad, señalo los distintos mundos sociales donde los sujetos de estudio articulan identidades políticas de resistencia. Prestando atención a sus prácticas diarias se revelan las dificultades de los dos grupos para acceder a los mercados mediáticos, en parte debido a sus características físicas. Además, muestro cómo estos grupos encuentran sus propias maneras de exponer sus subjetividades y difundir sus trabajos creativos, voces y respuestas, incluyendo diálogos con instituciones y organismos que conceden ayudas económicas. El análisis de estos grupos presenta distintos resultados pero sobre todo muestra comunalidades en cómo estos colectivos usan similares herramientas para contrarrestar los residuos del colonialismo en el presente. A lo largo de la tesis el colonialismo aparece como una relación de poder inacabada entre grupos dominantes y grupos minoritarios en las sociedades española y australiana.


Table of Contents

Abstract/Resumen -- Acknowledgements -- Agradecimientos -- Chapter One: Performances and broadcasts for resistance. An introduction -- Chapter Two: Entrecalles using the barrio. De-institutionalisation and decolonisation of performative spaces -- Chapter Three: De-colonising bodies and narratives from the margins -- Chapter Four: Latin American women using and building a feminist radio -- Chapter Five: Diverse ways to present resistance through the radio -- Chapter Six: Welcome to Redfern. Articulating Aboriginal resistance through media and culture -- Chapter Seven: Between governmentality and informality -- Chapter Eight: Decolonising dominant representations -- Chapter Nine: Breaking boundaries to express multiple selves -- Conclusion: Among Sydney and Madrid -- Conclusiones: Entre Sídney y Madrid -- Bibliography.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 267-283

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University, | Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD | PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Anthropology | Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Departamento de Antropología Social

Department, Centre or School

Department of Anthropology

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Liliana Navaz Suárez

Additional Supervisor 1

Álvaro Garciandía Pazos

Additional Supervisor 2

Eve Vincent


Copyright Ángeles Montalvo Chaves 2017. Copyright disclaimer: http://mq.edu.au/library/copyright




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Former Identifiers

mq:70296 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1262292