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Thinking Globalization Through Popular Culture

In the first issue of the new Journal of World Popular Music, there are two articles that refer to the material from the book Music and Globalization: Critical Encounters The first is a provocative piece about the history of world music production, specifically in relation to the Buena Vista Social Club.  Here is the abstract from […]

La culture populaire « noire » Il y a tellement de choses à dire là-dessus… Stuart Hall remarque trois éléments qui seraient selon lui caractéristique de l’émergence de la culture populaire noire comme phénomène de l’histoire : le style fait partie du contenu pas logocentrique, fondé dans l’oralité l’utilisation du corps Mais ces observations, même s’ils […]

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  Baloji embarrasses Bono “I spent my whole life trying to avoid tall persons?” What can we say about the Black Atlantic that has not already been said…? Ethnic Absolutism Anti-Essentialism Anti Anti-Essentialism What is the nature of this third position proposed by Gilroy?  How is it related to everyday lived experience and how is […]

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  Est-ce que les nouvelles technologies permettent un nouveau rapprochement social?   Vers une définition de la technologie De façon générale on pourrait dire que la technologie est neutre, ce qui n’est pas neutre c’est le sens que nous y investissons. De façon générale parce qu’il y a des exceptions, comme la technologie de la […]

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http://www.realitynation.com/tv-shows/reality-tv/most-evil-2012-poll/25497/ http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/389/frenemies (vers 23:10, “Act Two” au coeur du genre:  “frenemies”) La télé-réalité est devenu un aspect structurant des médias… L’étendu mondial de l’émission Big Brother: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Brother_%28TV_series%29 Puisqu’il est incontournable, par quel angle devrait-on analyser ce phénomène?  D’un point de vue morale il semble nous ramener dans nos instincts les plus bas, où le regard […]

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Selon Mikhail Bakthin, la signification se trouve dans les interactions entre celui qui parle et celui qui écoute et non pas dans les systèmes abstraits des formes linguistiques ni dans les esprits des êtres humains. “Each and every word expresses the « one » in relation to the «other », I give myself verbal shape from another’s point […]

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The Pinky Show: “Let’s Learn Something Together”   Les marchandises culturelles sont comme les autres marchandises: ils sont à vendre et la source de leur valeur est cachée, écart entre le coût de la production et la valeur sur le marché, mystère de valeur de surplus Mais elles sont différentes parce qu’elles manifestent l’identité culturelle […]

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Quelques notions importantes à considérer: Culture Populisme Préjugés Populaire (“mainstream”) Peuple Jouer avec les mots c’est un jeu sérieux… Gadamer:  “You have to listen to words.  I have often told my students that they must develop an ear for the implications of the words they use.” (“Culture and Media”) La démarche “keywords” de Raymond Williams […]

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    For Love of Country: Generation and Genre in Popular Music Videos in Kinshasa, D.R. Congo « Bambinga FARDC », one of hundreds of music videos that are produced every year in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), is remarkable not only because it explicitly references politics, something which is extremely rare in the popular dance music […]

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The edited volume “Music and Globalization: Critical Encounters” is now available at Indiana University Press. Each chapter has an accompanying multi-media project which you can consult while you read by clicking on the links available from the Critical World homepage or by selecting “Critical World Book” from the Categories menu on the right of your […]

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  The Promise of World Music: Strategies for Non-Essentialist Listening This article was created to accompany a text that appeared in the edited volume entitled “Music and Globalization:  Critical Encounters” (Indiana University Press, 2012). For more information, visit:  http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/a/MUSGLP   “The Same” (Youssou N’dour, Sony/Columbia, 1992) Sound is the same for all the world Everybody […]

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This article was created to accompany a text that appeared in the edited volume entitled “Music and Globalization:  Critical Encounters” (Indiana University Press, 2012). For more information, visit:  http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/a/MUSGLP Rarámuri violin music in a cross-border space One of the more illuminating encounters I had during my fieldwork in Mexico took place on the outskirts of […]