Critical World
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 […]

  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 […]

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 […]

  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 […]

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 […]