Postmodernism and Globalization in Ethnomusicology: An Epistemological Problem

Postmodernism and Globalization in Ethnomusicology: An Epistemological Problem

by Andy H. Nercessian
     
 

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Is the music world clinging to an outdated school of thought in ethnomusicology? Nercessian shows how the theory of cultural relativism continues to detrimentally pervade ethnomusicological thought, and then offers a solution that may better serve musical study in today's more globalized world. At the heart of cultural relativism, which seeks to avoid imposing the

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Is the music world clinging to an outdated school of thought in ethnomusicology? Nercessian shows how the theory of cultural relativism continues to detrimentally pervade ethnomusicological thought, and then offers a solution that may better serve musical study in today's more globalized world. At the heart of cultural relativism, which seeks to avoid imposing the standards of an outside culture on a work, is the emic-etic dichotomy, which delineates the perspective of the outsider and that of the culture of origin. Nercessian points out that in our increasingly globalized society, cultures are no longer separate and distinct. A new theory is necessary to account for the cultural overlap.
Borrowing from Derrida, the author offers a new solution that will allow for multiple perspectives, without favoring that of the insider or emic.
Of importance to students and scholars of ethnomusicology, this book also speaks to other fields of study where cultural relativism continues to dominate.

Editorial Reviews

Robert Morgan
This wonderful, lucidly written book invites us to think about music, above all in connection with recent attitudes toward "world music," in a less doctrinaire and ethnically constricted way. Nercessian, unlike so many others, celebrates what we have in common as listeners, not what separates us. His book deserves a wide reading; it could make a real difference in the way we think about the nature of music in our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461670629
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/26/2002
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Andy H. Nercessian is currently lecturer in ethnomusicology at the University of Durham, UK.

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