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“The public foreigner” : Conceptualising migrant music research
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art. (Aestethics, Culture and Media)
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art. (Aestethics, Culture and Media)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3758-7541
2016 (English)In: BSA Annual Conference 2016, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper will outline global trends in research on ‘immigrants’’ participation in music practices, as a means of exploring how academic narratives of migration, integration, and transcultural communication are discursively constructed and communicated.

We focus on migrant music practices, specifically, as spaces of resistance and development where cultural authority can be negotiated. Live performances potentially facilitate transcultural communication where diasporic identities can be transformed, and articulated through musical listening. Thus, analysing migrant music as a social practice illustrates the social, historical and agential context of migration experiences as well as how migrant music practices and the figure of ‘the migrant’ are characterised in relation to wider cultural and material forces.

Our analysis, based on a systematic review of empirical literature, draws from articles published between 2003–2015. Our final research criteria yielded 219 articles which spanned multiple disciplines, though predominantly from social anthropology, ethnomusicology, and sociology.

Based on our study, the first half of the paper will demonstrate key discursive trends in the literature, focusing largely on how “contexts” are judged to be vital for individual and group experiences as well as pointing to culturally specific socio-political, material and ethnic boundaries. The second half critically analyses problematic assumptions around what constitutes ‘migrant music practices’ but also how migrants themselves are characterized. In addition, it reveals that academic narratives on migration, integration, transcultural communication in a musical context are often narrativistic and do not reflect sufficiently on methodological concerns, interpretation and researchers’ own assumptions.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
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Musicology
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Musicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-49752ISBN: 9780904569469 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-49752DiVA: diva2:918732
Conference
British Sociological Association 2016 Annual conference, Aston University, Birmingham, UK, April 6–8, 2016
Available from: 2016-04-11 Created: 2016-04-11 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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