Synopses & Reviews
Music and song are central to modern culture--social movements to cultural change. Building on their studies of the sixties culture and the theory of cognitive praxis, the authors examine the mobilization of cultural traditions and the formation of new collective identities through the music of activism. Specific chapters examine American folk and country music, black music, music of the sixties, and the transfer of the American experience to Europe. This highly readable book is among the first to link social movement and cultural theory.
"...a readable book that takes tradition seriously. A book for large undergraduate and graduate collections." Choice 10/98"^Music and Movements^ is worthwhile reading for movement and popular culture scholars" American Journal of Sociology"...an excellent overview of music in the service of political struggle." Gage Averill, Yearbook for Traditional Music
Social movements literature meets cultural theory in study of music and song of activism.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. On social movements and culture; 2. Taking traditions seriously; 3. Making an alternative popular culture: from populism to the popular front; 4. The movements of black music: from the New Negro to civil rights; 5. Politics and music in the 1960s; 6. From the sixties to the nineties: the case of Sweden; 7. Structures of feeling and cognitive praxis.