Gondang Hybridization and Identity Politics of Toba Batak Society
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- Gondang Toba Batak; Hybridization; Identity politics; Rural-urban
The absence of customary rules regarding music in Toba Batak society causes the ensemble to be very dynamic, and it becomes more complex when gondang is subject to hybridization with Western instruments. Contemporary gondang is generally in two streams of discourse, either modern or traditional, and a sign of high or low social class. This study aims to problematize the identity construction of gondang users through a hybridization approach and consumption that is based on cultural tastes. Research data was acquired through interviews and participatory observations at adat (custom) wedding parties in rural areas (Sipeapea) and urban areas (Jakarta). Western musical instruments are believed to be a symbol of modernization. Rural people consider gondang as a symbol of animism and an outdated cultural system. The use of trumpets and gondang in Sipeapea is considered to represent the high social class. In Jakarta, gondang is a cultural symbol that connects them with their home, while hybridization is an attempt of identity negotiation in a cosmopolitan space. This paper shows that identity attached to gondang is constructed by power and, at the same time, constructs the Toba Batak contemporary community.
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TY - CONF AU - Vita Pasaribu AU - Tommy Christomy PY - 2021 DA - 2021/11/21 TI - Gondang Hybridization and Identity Politics of Toba Batak Society BT - Proceedings of the International University Symposium on Humanities and Arts 2020 (INUSHARTS 2020) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 313 EP - 319 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.211110.046 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.211110.046 ID - Pasaribu2021 ER -