Book review: Music Glocalization: Heritage and Innovation in a Digital Age

The aim of Music Glocalization is to provide an international readership with a collection of chapters authored by scholars on the subject of globalization, localization, and music. Globalization and localization, two opposite processes of change, can be accommodated within the framework of musical development in diverse social, technological, cultural, and national contexts. This book offers a critical study of the undertheorized concept of glocalization, intertwining the “global” and the “local” forces between music and society, both past and present. Though glocalization has received much theoretical and empirical attention in sociology and other disciplines, a grounded explication of the glocal concept is lacking in the music discipline. This book has filled that gap with its focus on international music scholarship and communication of glocalization.

The editors and their colleagues developed this book from various conferences to show how glocalization operates and what, if anything, we as listeners, consumers, performers, or composers, have to do with it from a variety of theoretical perspectives. The scope of the book is broad, ranging from theoretical reflections to more concrete opinions given by the international academic community, as well as case studies on glocalization and music. It includes 15 chapters, with relevant introductory and concluding chapters. Ranging from an array of more than ten different countries, including Australia, Japan, Indonesia, the U.S., Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Estonia, the Czech Republic, and other European nations, the book provides a fresh amalgam of perspectives that address music-related subjects. It also covers diverse topics from theoretical perspectives on local and global identities of music, art music composition in the digital age, glocalized music beyond Europe, and glocalized music professions. Contributors to the book explored interactions between music and various social phenomena in more detail to help give a better understanding of the role of music in connection with musical practices and technologies. This relationship is perceived as a dynamic interaction with new musical experiences.

This book is the first comprehensive account of how the notion of “glocalization” may be useful in rethinking nationality in music and the use of local musical traditions that serve as a means for global strategies. It reconstructs the emergence of music in the global context and provides an innovative framework for studying how glocalization transforms aesthetic hierarchies and cultural transmissions, thus breaking new ground for musicology and the sociology of music. The chapters that dig deeply into both the social phenomena and music are more balanced, in that they explore the dynamics that enable or hinder cross-cultural communication through music, as well as challenge the relationships between the producers and the consumers of music culture with a much more complicated approach to the music world.

In addition to the aforementioned contributions of this book, the concluding chapter manages to discuss the challenges of globalization from historicism and presentism. One of the major strengthens of Music Glocalization is that it clarifies and explains the varied literature circulating around the key word—music glocalization—to broaden our understanding and analysis of a wide variety of music issues. To summarize, this is an indispensable book, and I highly recommend Music Globalization for researchers, students, and libraries with a strong interest in the processes of globalization and localization, musicology, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, cultural sociology, sociology, and communication. It will also be of great interest to those in the field of international, transnational, and cosmopolitan studies.

Reviewed by Wai-Chung Ho, Hong Kong Baptist University

Music Glocalization is out now, and can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars by clicking here.


Radio interview: Wayne Murdoch discusses his book Kamp Melbourne in the 1920s and ’30s: Trade, Queans and Inverts

Wayne Murdoch, the author of Kamp Melbourne in the 1920s and ’30s: Trade, Queans and Inverts with Cambridge Scholars, has been interviewed by JOY radio about the book.

The interview can be listened to at this link.

Kamp Melbourne in the 1920s and ’30s: Trade, Queans and Inverts is available now from Cambridge Scholars, and can be purchased by clicking here.

Book review: Queer Stories of Europe

Queer Stories of Europe, edited by Kārlis Vērdiņš and Jānis Ozoliņš and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2016, has been reviewed by Uku Lember of Tallinn University, Estonia, in the Journal of Baltic Studies.

The full review requires subscription (click here), but here is an excerpt from the first paragraph:

“This is a great survey of the variety of approaches to queer culture and history
with an emphasis on literary texts from Central and Eastern Europe. Four of the
volume’s chapters are on Western Europe, four on Central and Eastern Europe,
and six on the Baltic (mostly Latvian) context and transnational connections. The
book has two parts: the first six chapters are devoted to queer literature in a
contemporary context and the last eight chapters are on literary culture in history.
The volume is the outcome of the international conference ‘Queer Narratives in
European Cultures’ that was organized in Riga in 2015 by the volume editors,
Kārlis Vērdiņš and Jānis Ozoliņš.”

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“And There’ll Be NO Dancing”: Perspectives on Policies Impacting Indigenous Australia Since 2007

“Sexual abuse of children is inexcusable. So why is there such a fuss about a state intervention? Should we shut up and do nothing just because there is racism? No child or woman must be molested, irrespective of who the perpetrator is!” Thus my recollection of what one of my Scottish colleagues said in an informal conversation about the 2007 Northern Territory Intervention, a set of legal and political measures intended to curtail domestic violence in Indigenous Australian communities. “Yes”, I replied, “race should not be an issue when talking about crime”. Not least because domestic violence happens everywhere, including Scotland. I would not have heard anyone talking about a specifically Scottish, White or European propensity for domestic violence. Yet there is abundant talk about Black violence. Generalisation is the hallmark of racialisation. Blackness is scripted as inherently violent—a tenacious trope deriving from colonial concepts of ferocious animalism (e.g. Eze 2000; Nederveen-Pieterse 1990). Blackness is juxtaposed with Whiteness, the latter being normalised as non-violent and civilised, thus becoming the final arbiter of Indigenous destinies. Perceptions of racialised violence justify intervening not merely in matters of domestic violence but also in Indigenous life and sovereignty—hence to take far-reaching measures for the sake of securing a seemingly non-violent whitened social order; or put succinctly, to save Indigenous children in order to erode Indigenous sovereignty. “You should read And There’ll Be NO Dancing,” I told my colleague. It discusses such readings of Indigenous sovereignty and the various forms of racialisation ensuing from the Intervention.

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Book Review: Mapping the History of Folklore Studies: Centres, Borderlands and Shared Spaces

This collection of twenty articles is the outcome of a conference that was held in Riga in 2014 to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of the Archives of Latvian Folklore. The book sheds light on the history of folkloristics in Europe, its ideological background, success stories and hardships, and the complicated relationship of the discipline with political realities. As Dace Bula notes, the change of political regimes has meant “repeated transfer from one space of truth and epistemological practices to another” (43)—and these ruptures and transitions are discussed in several of the book’s articles.

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The Philosophical Roots of the Ecological Crisis: Descartes and the Modern Worldview

The Philosophical Roots of the Ecological Crisis: Descartes and the Modern Worldview now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp409, £64.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Philosophical Roots of the Ecological Crisis: Descartes and the Modern Worldview by Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam.

The Philosophical Roots of the Ecological Crisis: Descartes and the Modern Worldview traces the conceptual sources of the present environmental degradation within the worldview of Modernity, and particularly within the thought of René Descartes, universally acclaimed as the father of modern philosophy. The book demonstrates how the triple foundations of the Modern worldview – in terms of an exaggerated anthropocentrism, a mechanistic conception of the natural world, and the metaphysical dualism between humanity and the rest of the physical world – can all be largely traced back to Cartesian thought, with direct ecological consequences.
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