Archaic Images, Utopian Dreams

Veit Erlmann

in Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination

Published in print July 1999 | ISBN: 9780195123678
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868797 | DOI:
Archaic Images, Utopian Dreams

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At the end of the 19th century, the historical consciousness of people living in the metropolis and that of those at the colonial periphery were strangely intertwined. Although colonial discourse represented the West as modern and the South African colonies as archaic and in need of modernization, the relationship between colonizers and colonized was only rarely a simple dialectic of domination and resistance. The experiences and narratives on either side of the divide frequently overlapped, drawing on and finding expression in ideologies of progress, Utopian dreams, and archaic images.

Keywords: West; colonizers; colonized; colonialism; modernity; South Africa

Chapter.  8232 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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