Cultural Democracy Revisited

Lee Higgins

in Community Music

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777839
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950218 | DOI:
Cultural Democracy Revisited

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Chapter 11 assesses the importance of cultural democracy in community music today and re-situates its political imperative as a contemporary expression relevant to international practice. The place of the political in community music emerges twofold: (1) through the negotiation between those that take part in community musicking and those who just might, and (2) a challenge to individuals, organizations, and institutions that have a hand in arbitrating funding for music, music teaching, and musical resources. The author suggests that the notion of cultural democracy remains its most pressing political attribute. Driven by a response to situate injustices and wrongs, community music as a political force comes by way of an unexpected event that shatters our horizon of expectations. Those that work in community music do not profess that it is perfect or a solution to all things problematic to participatory music making. Why? Because their actions are not in the name of horizons of perfectibility and foreseeable ideals, but rather, they are in response to the urgency of friendship and hospitality.

Keywords: cultural democracy; politics; community music; international practice; friendship; hospitality

Chapter.  3502 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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