Music and Cultural Rights

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Framing timely and pressing questions concerning music and cultural rights, this collection illustrates the ways in which music—as a cultural practice, a commercial product, and an aesthetic form—has become enmeshed in debates about human rights, international law, and struggles for social justice. The essays in this volume examine how interpretations of cultural rights vary across societies; how definitions of rights have evolved; and how rights have been invoked in relation to social struggles over cultural access, use, representation, and ownership. The individual case studies, many of them based on ethnographic field research, demonstrate how musical aspects of cultural rights play out in specific cultural contexts, including the Philippines, China, Hawaii, Peru, Ukraine, and Brazil.

Contributors are Nimrod Baranovitch, Adriana Helbig, Javier F. León, Ana María Ochoa, Silvia Ramos, Helen Rees, Felicia Sandler, Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman, Ricardo D. Trimillos, Andrew N. Weintraub, and Bell Yung.

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"Illuminating and thought provoking.  Music and Cultural Rights will challenge musicians, music scholars, and music educators to reexamine their preconceived notions of culture, music's purpose within culture, and the social responsibilities that come when using this music."—Music Educators Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252076626
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew N. Weintraub is an associate professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh and the author of Power Plays: Wayang Golek Puppet Theater of West Java. Bell Yung is a professor of music, the former director of the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, and the author of The Last of China's Literati: The Music, Poetry, and Life of Tsar Teh-yun.

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Table of Contents

Preface Bell Yung vii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction Andrew N. Weintraub 1

1 Agency and Voice: The Philippines at the 1998 Smithsonian Folklife Festival Ricardo D. Trimillos 19

2 Use and Ownership: Folk Music in the People's Republic of China Helen Rees 42

3 Access and Control: A Key to Reclaiming the Right to Construct Hawaiian History Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman 86

4 National Patrimony and Cultural Policy: The Case of the Afroperuvian Cajón Javier F. León 110

5 Historical Legacy and the Contemporary World: UNESCO and China's Qin Music in the Twenty-first Century Bell Yung 140

6 Representation and Intracultural Dynamics: Romani Musicians and Cultural Rights Discourse in Ukraine Adriana Helbig 169

7 Representing Tibet in the Global Cultural Market: The Case of Chinese-Tibetan Musician Han Hong Nimrod Baranovitch 187

8 Music and Human Rights: The AfroReggae Cultural Group and the Youth from the Favelas as Responses to Violence in Brazil Silvia Ramos Ana María Ochoa 219

9 In Search of a Cross-Cultural Legal Framework: Indigenous Musics as a Worldwide Commodity Felicia Sandler 241

Glossary of Chinese Characters 273

Bibliography 279

Contributors 297

Index 301

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