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This book traces a potentially rich and provocative area of inquiry for critical theory and research in IR/IPE: music. It is clear that many opportunities for critical scholarship and reflection on global politics and economics are present in the spaces and relationships created by organized sound. It is easy to focus on the textual elements of music, but there is more at stake than just the words. Critical reflection on the intersections between music and politics also need to take into account the visceral and non-verbal elements such as counterpoint and harmony, polyphony and dissonance, noise, rhymes, rhythms, performance, and the visual/aural dimensions to music-making.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Resounding International Relations abounds with insightful moments of critical interpretation. Moving international studies 'from noun to verb,' it displaces the clichés of neo-realism with stimulating improvisations and dislodges theory from its long-standing attachment to anachronistic, geopolitical cartographies."
—Michael J. Shapiro, University of Hawai'i

"Music is an international language but for too long students of international politics have ignored it. This rich and diverse set of essays begins to set the record straight. In the hybridization of hip hop in West Africa and the political appropriation of Verdi, the global political economy of the music industry and the lessons for IR scholars in the lyrics of the Clash, the dynamic intersections between music, culture and global politics emerge loud and clear. Just when you thought you'd heard it all before, Resounding International Relations challenges received ideas about what counts as international politics, and what it sounds like."
—Jutta Weldes, University of Bristol

"Resounding International Relations: On Music, Culture and Politics pulls together a collection of vivid essays from critical international relations scholars in a stimulating analysis of music and culture. The book uses music and sound as a primary source of investigation to unpack political and cultural themes in a contemporary global world. This is a challenging and thought-provoking book; it refuses to accept music as a passive, unimportant cultural pursuit—rather the book positions music as a cultural force that reveals insights and aspects of cultural politics and cultural interaction. The sounds, technologies and genres of music open up ways of thinking about international relations, revealing clusters of intensity, emotional expression and cultural change in different situations and cases. This book is a 'must-read' for anyone interested in finding out more about the interdisciplinary ground of music, politics, human expression, desire and contemporary cultural movements."
—Dr. David Lines, University of Auckland

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403967558
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Franklin is Senior Lecturer in Social and Political Theory at the University for Humanistics, The Netherlands. She is the author of Postcolonial Politics, The Internet and Everyday Life: Pacific Traversals Online and former co-editor of the book series, RIPE Series in Global Political Economy.

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Table of Contents

Introductory Improvisations on a Theme—M.I. Franklin
Part 1
Concentrated Industry, Fragmented Consumption: The Global Music Industry in the New Millennium—Christopher May
• Sounds Complicated? Music, Film, and Media Synergies—Jayne Rodgers, Annette Davison
• Sharing as Piracy: The Digital Future of Music—Debora Halbert
• Americanization at Its Best?: The Globalization of Jazz—Robin Brown
Part 2 * "Do It Yourself": Punk Rock and the Disalienation of International Relations—Matt Davies
• Who is Listening? Hip Hop Culture in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Senegal—Katrin Lock
• "My Dance Immoral? Alhamdulillah No!" Dangdut Music and Gender Politics in Contemporary Indonesia—Sonja van Wichelen
• Of Things We Hear But Cannot See?—Roland Bleiker
Part 3 * Sounds of Peace: On Peace Fantasies and Peace Offerings in Classical Music—Dieter Senghaas
• Operatic Mythologies, Political Performativity and Cinema: Verdi, Visconti and the Risorgimento—Terrell Carver
• A Medium of Others: Rhythmic Soundscapes as Critical Utopias—Phil Weinrobe, Naeem Inayatullah
• The Clash of Civilization: Notes from a Punk/Scholar—Kevin Dunn

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