Critical World
Thinking Globalization Through Popular Culture

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 […]

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 Since the early 1980s I have been tracking “world music.” I place that term immediately in quotes to indicate that I don’t use it transparently, as […]

Globalization, Music and Cultural Identity in Contemporary Vanuatu 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 Bolton (1999) explores the modern ni-Vanuatu notion of kastom and the manner in which it has developed through […]

  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 life of the Senegambian Afro-Cuban singer Laba Sosseh challenges this rigid vantage point and undermines many of the facile suppositions on world music scholarship. […]

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 first forms of musical expression by slaves, of which all these contemporary forms to a greater or lesser degree bear the stamp, were harbingers of […]

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4ozVMxzNAA http://www.rainforestfoundationuk.org In 1989, Raoni, the chief of the Txukahamãe Indians in Brazil, and Sting, the British rock superstar, travelled to Europe, where they were formally […]

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 market for Cuban music shrunk dramatically during the early years of the Cuban Revolution. U.S. labels and music editors, which controlled the sector up until […]

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 I want to bring together three figures—those of the slave ship, the blood-borne virus, and digital information—and think about the ways in which they contaminate one […]

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 A good deal has happened in the realm of “world music” since my book Global Pop: World Music, World Markets appeared (Taylor 1997). While I have […]