Music and Globalization: Critical Encounters

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"World music" emerged as a commercial and musical category in the 1980s,
but in some sense music has always been global. Through the metaphor of encounters, Music and
Globalization explores the dynamics that enable or hinder cross-cultural communication through music. In the stories told by the contributors, we meet well-known players such as David Byrne,
Peter Gabriel, Sting, Ry Cooder, Fela Kuti, and ...

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Overview

"World music" emerged as a commercial and musical category in the 1980s,
but in some sense music has always been global. Through the metaphor of encounters, Music and
Globalization explores the dynamics that enable or hinder cross-cultural communication through music. In the stories told by the contributors, we meet well-known players such as David Byrne,
Peter Gabriel, Sting, Ry Cooder, Fela Kuti, and Gilberto Gil, but also lesser-known characters such as the Senegalese Afro-Cuban singer Laba Sosseh and Raramuri fiddle players from northwest
Mexico. This collection demonstrates that careful historical and ethnographic analysis of global music can show us how globalization operates and what, if anything, we as consumers have to do with it.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"'Music and Globalization' includes stimulating contributions, such as Barbara
Browning’s discussion of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Gilberto Gil in relation to metaphoric and literal forms of 'infectiousness'; Richard Shain’s examination of Laba Sosseh’s project of Cubanising African popular music; and Daniel Noveck’s pondering of beliefs mediated through the place of the violin in the lives of Ramámuri people in southern Chihuahua."
—Julian Cowley, The Wire

"[C]ontains many valuable case studies of musical encounters demonstrating the ways music-making both structures and yet provides space for human agency." —Music
& Letters

"Music and Globalization productively contributes to over two decades of scholarship in the anthropology of music and in ethnomusicology... It is a rich collection and deserves attention from specialists and nonspecialists alike; it will be useful in both graduate and undergraduate curriculums across multiple disciplines (anthropology, ethnomusicology, critical music studies, and media studies)." —American Ethnologist

"Music and Globalization is a responsible interdisciplinary endeavor characterized by the presentation of serious engagements with music and complex ethnography. Most of the authors address critical issues proposed by postcolonial/subaltern theory and critical political economy with notable courage." —Research in African Literatures

The Wire
"'Music and Globalization' includes stimulating contributions, such as Barbara Browning’s discussion of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Gilberto Gil in relation to metaphoric and literal forms of 'infectiousness'; Richard Shain’s examination of Laba Sosseh’s project of Cubanising African popular music; and Daniel Noveck’s pondering of beliefs mediated through the place of the violin in the lives of Ramámuri people in southern Chihuahua." —Julian Cowley, The Wire

— Julian Cowley

The Wire - Julian Cowley

"'Music and Globalization' includes stimulating contributions, such as Barbara Browning’s discussion of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Gilberto Gil in relation to metaphoric and literal forms of 'infectiousness'; Richard Shain’s examination of Laba Sosseh’s project of Cubanising African popular music; and Daniel Noveck’s pondering of beliefs mediated through the place of the violin in the lives of Ramámuri people in southern Chihuahua." —Julian Cowley, The Wire

American Ethnologist

"Music and Globalization productively contributes to over two decades of scholarship in the anthropology of music and in ethnomusicology... It is a rich collection and deserves attention from specialists and nonspecialists alike; it will be useful in both graduate and undergraduate curriculums across multiple disciplines (anthropology, ethnomusicology, critical music studies, and media studies)." —American Ethnologist

Research in African Literatures

"Music and Globalization is a responsible interdisciplinary endeavor characterized by the presentation of serious engagements with music and complex ethnography. Most of the authors address critical issues proposed by postcolonial/subaltern theory and critical political economy with notable courage." —Research in African Literatures

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253357120
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 1/2/2012
  • Series: Tracking Globalization Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob W. White is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the
University of Montreal and author of Rumba Rules: The Politics of Dance Music in Mobutu’s
Zaire.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction: Rethinking Globalization through Music / Bob W. White

Part 1. Structured Encounters
1. The
Musical Heritage of Slavery: From Creolization to "World Music" / Denis-Constant
Martin
2. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts: "World Music" and the Commodification of
Religious Experience / Steven Feld
3. A Place in the World: Globalization, Music, and
Cultural Identity in Contemporary Vanuatu / Philip Hayward
4. Musicality and
Environmentalism in the Rediscovery of Eldorado: An Anthropology of the Raoni-Sting Encounter /
Rafael José de Menezes Bastos

Part 2. Mediated Encounters
5.
"Beautiful Blue": Rarámuri Violin Music in a Cross-Border Space / Daniel Noveck

6. World Music Producers and the Cuban Frontier / Ariana Hernandez-Reguant
7. Trovador of the Black Atlantic: Laba Sosseh and the Africanization of Afro-Cuban Music / Richard M.
Shain

Part 3. Imagined Encounters
8. Slave Ship on the Infosea:
Contaminating the System of Circulation / Barbara Browning
9. World Music Today / Timothy
D. Taylor
10. The Promise of World Music: Strategies for Non-Essentialist Listening /
Bob W. White

Index
Contributors

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