Folk Music and the Modern State

Rachel Harris

in Singing the Village

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780197262979
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734717 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Folk Music and the Modern State

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This chapter examines the changes in Sibe folk music during modern times in China. It traces the brief history of musical reforms and the use of music in social reforms in Çabçal in the twentieth century from the restrictions of the Cultural Revolution to the contemporary soundscape. The chapter considers Sibe shamanic ritual music on the national stage and the state of contemporary shamanic ritual in Çabçal. It argues that although a great deal of energy has been devoted to the reform and control of Sibe folk music in the twentieth century, wider issues of social change brought about by the Chinese Community Party (CCP) have played the decisive role in the changing patterns of musical behaviour and the impoverishment of Sibe folk music over the past few decades.

Keywords: folk music; Sibe; China; music reforms; Çabçal; Cultural Revolution; shamanic ritual music; CCP; social change

Chapter.  15866 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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