Folklore | Music in Social Movements
F230 | 24896 | Tuohy

This course focuses on the use of music in social-political
movements, ranging from human rights and environmental movements to
political and cultural revolutions.  We will explore concepts about
the transformative power both of music and of organized groups of
people, analyzing the practices of social-political movements that
are aimed at changing perception and behavior.  We will attend to the
term 'movement' in at least two senses: 1) in the physical sense--
movement as organized, collective action and, often, involving the
movement of bodies; and 2) in the emotional sense of "moving."  These
two senses combine in movements that are intent on mobilizing people
for change and arousing people to action.
Among the issues to be investigated are: the relation between music,
society, and politics; music as a form of representation and of
social organization; the role of music in the formation of groups and
dissemination of messages; and concepts of human rights. We will
study these issues in the abstract and as they are exemplified
through case studies of movements in different parts of the world
(including within China, the U.S, and several African and South
American nations) as well as transnational or global movements. The
course emphasizes the study of music in human life and in cross-
cultural approaches to the study of expressive culture. Students will
learn interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of music in social-
political contexts and methods for analyzing musical and social
performance and discourse, including those promoting ideas of human
rights and collective action. Class members will find opportunities
to pursue their interests in particular world areas (including
Bloomington) and topics through flexible research assignments.
Graded components will include class preparation and participation,
written assignments, quizzes, and a midterm and/or final exam.
The course is designed for students in the F&E Department as well as
those interested in the study of human rights and social movements.
Formal music training is not required but a level of engagement and
work found among students serious about their academic pursuits is