Charles Hiroshi Garrett

in Struggling to Define a Nation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254862
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942820 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses American music and its characterization as a varied collection of hybrid or creolized forms, stressing that it is possible to accept the diversity of American music, while recognizing that this diversity occurs through the efforts of individuals and communities which have different and opposing perspectives on America. It also examines the debates on American identity and American music, concluding that no history of music, American or otherwise, can be complete without keeping the relations of power in mind.

Keywords: American music; creolized forms; diversity; American identity; relations of power

Chapter.  2736 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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