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MUSIC AND SOCIAL ANTAGONISMS

Kevin Korsyn

in Decentering Music

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195104547
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868988 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195104547.003.0010
MUSIC AND SOCIAL ANTAGONISMS

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This chapter examines how social antagonisms produce cultural double binds, moments when individuals are caught between different communities and languages that both refuse — and yet somehow demand — integration. In ethnomusicology, for example, such cases may arise when the history of colonialism contaminates the very methodology through which one studies oppressed cultures, leaving one without a language in which to engage the other while feeling a disciplinary imperative that one must engage the other. The essay “Music Theory, Phenomenology, and Modes of Perception” by music theorist David Lewin is analyzed.

Keywords: social antagonisms; integration; ethnomusicology; David Lewin

Chapter.  7397 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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