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Migration, music and social relations on the NSW Far North Coast

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Abstract


  • This article explores urban-rural migration on the NSW Far North Coast

    (the ‘Northern Rivers’ region) and the emergence of popular music as a niche

    cultural industry. The various images of the NSW Far North Coast as a ‘lifestyle’

    region, ‘alternative’ region and coastal retreat have attracted a diverse mix of exurban

    professionals, unemployed persons, youth subcultures and retirees, yet

    despite population growth, the region continues to suffer unemployment rates

    among the highest in Australia. Against this backdrop, popular music has emerged as

    a niche industry with linkages to cultural production in Sydney, Melbourne and

    overseas, and also an area of creative expression that interacts with, and mediates

    local social relations.

Publication Date


  • 2002

Citation


  • Gibson, C. (2002). Migration, music and social relations on the NSW Far North Coast. Transformations, 2 1-15.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2041&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1042

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 15

Volume


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • This article explores urban-rural migration on the NSW Far North Coast

    (the ‘Northern Rivers’ region) and the emergence of popular music as a niche

    cultural industry. The various images of the NSW Far North Coast as a ‘lifestyle’

    region, ‘alternative’ region and coastal retreat have attracted a diverse mix of exurban

    professionals, unemployed persons, youth subcultures and retirees, yet

    despite population growth, the region continues to suffer unemployment rates

    among the highest in Australia. Against this backdrop, popular music has emerged as

    a niche industry with linkages to cultural production in Sydney, Melbourne and

    overseas, and also an area of creative expression that interacts with, and mediates

    local social relations.

Publication Date


  • 2002

Citation


  • Gibson, C. (2002). Migration, music and social relations on the NSW Far North Coast. Transformations, 2 1-15.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2041&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1042

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 15

Volume


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • Australia