Roots in the Past, Routes to the Future

Benjamin Brinner

in Playing across a Divide

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780195395945
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852666 | DOI:
Roots in the Past, Routes to the Future

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Despite the seemingly endless, cyclical nature of conflict in the region, tremendous change has occurred since the early 1990s, much of it outside the spotlight of news coverage. Alongside the hardening of divisions, such as the rise to power of Hamas and the entrenchment of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, there have been signs of readiness to compromise, to enter into meaningful relationships across deep divisions. Musicians in the ethnic music scene in Israel are participating in Erlmann's “reconfiguration of space and cultural identity.” The “musical imaginary” offered by the musicians, and which the author presents here, alters the boundaries between social categories and “prefigures emergent, real forms of socio-cultural identity or alliance,” to use a formulation proposed by Georgina Born and David Hesmondhalgh.

Keywords: cyclical nature; conflict; change; Jewish settlers; West Bank; musical imaginary; Georgina Born; David Hesmondhalgh

Chapter.  10533 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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