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ETHICS AND THE POLITICAL IN MUSICAL RESEARCH

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/9780195104547.003.0011
ETHICS AND THE POLITICAL IN MUSICAL RESEARCH

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This chapter argues that the crisis of musical research is ultimately an ethical crisis: when we reduce others to representatives of factions, we objectify them and their language; when we submit to the forced consensus of the ideology of the abstract, we objectify ourselves. Faced with this dilemma, the critique of musicology must draw its energy from an ethical commitment, from a commitment to justice. Three areas are identified in which change seems particularly urgent: (i) the process of peer review in professional associations (such as the AMS, SEM, and SMT); (ii) the university; and (iii) writing about music.

Keywords: musical discourse; musicology; peer review; university

Chapter.  5772 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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