Chapter

Cultural Choices

Julian Johnson

in Who Needs Classical Music?

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195146813
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849246 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146813.003.0007
Cultural Choices

Show Summary Details

Preview

This final and sixth chapter is about the division of culture by the spatial metaphors of high and low forms of cultural criticism. This includes the differences of aesthetic criteria and different music for the sociology of music. The dissimilarities in music arise not because they are made differently, but because they exhibite different properties and characteristics. Today's musical culture reflects a diversity that seems to mark a perfect union of self-determination. Music, despite its apparently subjective nature, is rooted in the same social objectivity. That this statement seems odd today is perhaps a sign of the degree to which, in cultural matters, the educational system confirms rather than questions the relativism of everyday life.

Keywords: spatial metaphors; cultural criticism; aesthetic criteria; subjective nature; social objectivity; cultural matters; relativism

Chapter.  9599 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.