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.
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Here is the blurb from the back of the book:
In the last twenty years, there has been a significant amount of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences about popular music outside of the West. In this emerging field of research, there have been important advances with regards to the historical analysis of music, an increased emphasis on the relationship between music and politics, and greater attention to national and regional identities. While it is true that recent research in anthropology and ethnomusicology is increasingly concerned with the relationship between various types of local and global musical forms, there is still relatively little research about the actual encounters—chance meetings, coordinated misunderstandings, ongoing collaborations—that bring together people of different musical or cultural backgrounds and the way these encounters condition musical practice and knowledge about the world.
This volume has two primary objectives. First it sets out to show how the ethnographic analysis of musical encounters in cross-cultural settings can shed light on the cultural and political dynamics of globalization. Second, it attempts to improve access to research and teaching materials on the critical study of globalization. In order to accomplish these objectives—the critical analysis of globalization through the ethnographic study of music—the contributors to this volume have focused their analyses on global musical encounters and the way they are structured, mediated, and imagined.
The initial inspiration for this volume comes from Critical World, a virtual laboratory for teaching and research on music and globalization, with a strong emphasis on ethnography (www.criticalworld.net). Critical World consists of a series of projects, each of which makes use of at least four different types of media (images, videos, sound and text) in novel and individual ways. One of the objectives of the Critical World laboratory is to experiment with the spaces between different types of media and the publication of this volume is an important step in that direction, since most audio-visual material that accompanies published books serves the purpose of simply illustrating a theory or phenomenon. Each of the texts in this volume will have an on-line multi-media module with references to the module embedded in the body of the text. Readers will be able to interact with authors through the on-line module and in consultation with the author will be able to add text and audio-visual material of their own.