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Erotic Triangles: Sundanese Dance and Masculinity in West Java

Henry Spiller


In West Java, Indonesia, all it takes is a woman's voice and a drum beat to make a man get up and dance. Every day, men there—be they students, pedicab drivers, civil servants, or businessmen—breach ordinary standards of decorum and succumb to the rhythm at village ceremonies, weddings, political rallies, and nightclubs. The music the men dance to varies from traditional gong ensembles to the contemporary pop known as dangdut, but they consistently dance with great enthusiasm. This book draws on decades of ethnographic research to explore the reasons behind this phenomenon, arguing that Sundan ... More

Keywords: West Java, Indonesia, dance, music, masculinity, drumming, female entertainer, gender, dangdut, Sundanese

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226769585
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226769608.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Spiller, author