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Music, Politics & Society
Transcript of Music, Politics & Society
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?
what makes it popular?
1. Widely favoured,
liked by many
2. what is ‘
’ once we have decided what high culture is?
’, hopelessly commercial, mass produced for mass consumption?
4. from ‘
’ - ‘authentic' folk culture?
a site of struggle
, between 'resistance' and 'incorporation' (Hegemony Theory);
, with dominant groups gaining the consent of subordinated groups, but subordinate groups actively resisting?
- bank of resources, remixed...
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 ‘
’ and ‘
Group presentation (50%)
Essay 2000 words (50%)
12 January 2016
Does Pop Music matter?
If so, how?
Your sociological imagination?
What makes popular music 'popular'?
Peterson, R.A. (1990) Why 1955? Explaining the advent of pop music. Popular Music 9(1), pp. 97-116.
500-750 words about an autobiographical 'song of me' - include a link to the song (e.g., YouTube video, or, if you’re struggling to locate it, the title and the artist of the piece of music), and explain why this song is important to you.