New Directions for Ethnomusicological Research into the Politics of Music and Culture: Issues, Projects, and Programs
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This article identifies a set of issues that are at the heart of contemporary ethnomusicological research on the politics of music and suggests directions for future work in this area. Populism, the dialectical relationship between the expressive and the instrumental dimensions of musical practice, and the tension between critical and relativistic impulses in ethnomusicology are explored. The article argues that further work is needed on the concrete mechanisms by which music making and listening impact conduct in other spheres of social life and suggests the utility of a practice theory approach to the notion of power for ethnomusicological inquiry on the politics of culture.
DescriptionThis article is one of six pieces in the “Call and Response” section of the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of the journal Ethnomusicology. The section, which was guest edited by Harris M. Berger, is entitled “Music, Power, and the Ethnomusicological Study of Politics and Culture.” The six articles in the section are revised and expanded versions of papers delivered for the President’s Roundtable at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana from November 1 to 4, 2012.
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