music as social action ::
Excellent work today! Your leaning into the theory readings paid off for us all in a generative discussion and the production of the beginnings of criteria for our object of study — a list of what a protest song is and what it does.
What follows is a textual round-up of today's in-class theoretical mashup, as well as my hasty photos of what you all contributed to the board ...
What a protest/propaganda song is ...
Phrases from the class:
What a protest/propaganda song does ...
Mentioned in class: a protest song makes people do something, or at least gives them reason to act
(File that away, we will come back to it often...)
Inside/outside the social group:
Strengthens ideological support inside the social movement
Specific topical issues:
Communicates the identification of a problem(s) in society
Communicates general position on social issue(s)
This is a great start! Now, two things ...
1. Does your list have or did your group discuss factors that are not represented here? Tell us in the comments, and I will amend.
2. Keep this list handy. We will begin referring back to it as we go, as we consider historical eras and listen to their situated music. This list isn't finished — we will find other things to add, hear from other writers and theorists who challenge and amend these basics, and ideally will craft some unique theory as to how music operates within certain situations today.
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