Folklore | Music in Social-Political Movements
F253 | 2405 | Tuohy

Above section meets with F430.  Designed for students interested in
the study of music in human life and in cross-cultural approaches to
the study of expressive culture, F253 will acquaint students with
theories and methods (emphasizing those from the social sciences) for
studying music in its socio-political contexts.  The course will
focus on the use of music in social-political movements within a
variety of contexts, from political and cultural revolutions to
government-sponsored campaigns and environmental and social
activism.  The concept of the transformative power both of music and
of organized groups of people are combined within the practices of
social-political movements that are aimed at changing perception and
behavior.  We will attend to the issue of movement in the physical
sense--movement as organized action--and in the emotional sense
of "moving" as we analyze musical movements intent on mobilizing
people for change and arousing people to action.

We will explore these issues through theoretical readings and
particular case studies of musical performance and social-political
action drawn from different parts of the world, with substantial
sections on the U.S. and China.  Students will find opportunities to
pursue their interests in particular world areas (including
Bloomington), fieldwork, musical styles, and topics through flexible
research assignments.

Assignments/Grading: includes class preparation and participation;
one midterm essay exam; short writing assignments (including an essay
paper and precis of selected course readings and videos); and an
individual project or research paper of 10-15 pages.  A portion of
class time will be devoted to discussion of research and individual

Class Materials: will include Acting in Concert: Music, Community,
and Political Action (Mark Mattern, 1998), Music and Social
Movements: Mobilizing Traditions in the Twentieth Century (Ron
Eyerman and Andrew Jamison, 1998), and articles (in the form of a
short Reader) available for purchase at the bookstores.  Other
required materials will be in the form of videos and audio tapes that
must be viewed/listened to at the library.

Formal music training is not required, although students are expected
to have done prior coursework in ethnomusicology and/or folklore.
F253 fulfills one of the 200-level requirements for Folklore and
Ethnomusicology Department majors and minors.

Fulfills the COAS Social and Historical, Social Inquiry distribution