AlterNative Volume 12, Issue 5
The latest issue of AlterNative, Volume 12, Issue 5 is a special issue entitled “Indigenous Peoples, Popular Pleasures and the Everyday,” guest edited by Bronwyn Carlson and Michelle Harris. It focuses on Indigenous people and the pleasure they derive from popular culture.
As the editors highlight in their introduction, despite a well-developed understanding of the perils of mass media and the capitalist system, Indigenous people find pleasure within it and often by subverting and rearranging it to suit. Drawing on John Friske’s definition of popular culture as a category of consumption emerging from the efforts of consumers to make cultural offerings their own through acts of resistance and appropriation, Carlson and Harris’s understanding of popular culture is that of a “resource” that can be mobilized as part of the practices of everyday life, a formative area of identity creation, and also an arena for political struggle. It is here that they see its significance for Indigenous peoples who are as involved with popular culture as the rest of society.
Including eight articles and one poem, this special issue examines how expressive culture is transformed and is transformative of Indigenous experiences and the expression and representation of identities and knowledges—an indigenization of popular culture. The contributions in this issue highlight how Indigenous peoples are active producers engaged in the rearrangement and manipulation of both popular and “Indigenous” culture that finds its way into everyday practice.