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Music, Politics & Society

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Music, Politics & Society
Semester 1
2017-2018
Dr Brett Lashua
Does music matter?
If so, how do we know?
The Sociological Imagination
Lewis (1999): Country songs are 'word movies'
What does the 'popular' in popular music mean?
That's
what makes it popular?
Summary?
(Storey, 1997, pp. 6-17)
1. Widely favoured,
liked by many
people?
2. what is ‘
left over
’ once we have decided what
high
culture is?
3. ‘
mass culture
’, hopelessly commercial, mass produced for mass consumption?
4. from ‘
the people
’ - ‘authentic' folk culture?
5.
a site of struggle
, between 'resistance' and 'incorporation' (Hegemony Theory);
contested terrain
, with dominant groups gaining the consent of subordinated groups, but subordinate groups resisting?
6.
Postmodernism

Popular?
that connect personal troubles and public issues:
gender and family issues
drugs, alcohol dependency
crime and corrections
aging, death & dying
poverty & homelessness
class and economic exploitation
the ability to grasp the interplay of
self & society
,
biography & history
,
the personal and political

to see the difference between ‘
personal troubles
’ and ‘
public issues

Assessments!
Group presentation (50%)
Essay 2000 words (50%)
16 January 2018
Does Pop Music matter?
If so, how?

Your sociological imagination?
What makes popular music 'popular'?
Next week:
READ:

Peterson, R.A. (1990) Why 1955? Explaining the advent of pop music.
Popular Music 9
(1), pp. 97-116.
Sessions
Write
:
What song makes you, you? Why? Email 300 words, with link to song (e.g., YouTube) to:
b.lashua@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
This "make[s] popular culture a profoundly
political
concept" (Storey, 1997, p. 15).
"Popular culture is a site where the construction of everyday life may be examined. The point of doing this is not only academic – that is, as an attempt to understand a process or practice – it is also political, to examine the
power relations
that constitute this form of everyday life and thus to reveal the configuration of interests its
construction
serves." (Turner, 2003, p. 5)
+
CHANGE?
- bank of resources, remixed...
Watch:
Grease
(1978)
"culture is the stories that we tell ourselves about ourselves"
(Geertz, 1973, p. 448)
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