Music Festivals as Community Learning and Development
Chapter 3. Foucauldian Genealogy of Folk as the People and Aesthetic Multitude
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FOUCAULDIAN GENEALOGY OF FOLK AS THE PEOPLE AND AESTHETIC MULTITUDE
Continuing a limited discussion of folk music as heritage music or mass-produced folk product will ensure that our academic discussion continues to vacillate between “preservation” and “authenticity.” But this is no longer enough. Music scholars can no longer turn a blind eye to the economic and social disintegration occurring around the world because we hold onto a mistaken belief that we have no role to play and nothing to say. But how do we proceed? There are lessons to be learned from the strategies developed and employed by Western Canada folk festivals and home cultures. Individuals have taken it upon themselves to create cultural organizations for the benefit of their communities. But these strategies remain undocumented and under-theorized. Complex social experiments are taking place with stunning regularity, and experimental economic and social infrastructures are being produced to support home culture production, with astounding results. But all of that seems to be invisible from the perspective of scholarship. Perhaps it is time to get beyond the “whitened” notion of folk music to see the responsibility we share in sustaining local culture, all local culture, everywhere. Perhaps we should begin to call local, independent, and socially responsible cultural expression aesthetic multitude, regardless of what it might look or sound like. ← 31 | 32 →
Aesthetic Public Pedagogy
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