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Theorizing the Local: Music, Practice, and Experience in South Asia and Beyond

Richard Wolf


This book argues that the largely top-down orientation of many globalization studies has the potential to marginalize and undermine the study of many traditions that do not circulate in the manner of many of today's commodities. What does it mean, it asks, for musical activities to be local in an increasingly interconnected world? What are the motivations for theoretical thought, and how are theoretical formulations instigated by the needs of performers, agents promoting regional identity, efforts to sustain or counter gender conventions, or desires to compete? To what extent can theoretical a ... More

Keywords: South Asia, Iran, local, comparison, ritual, space, folk music, gender, Indian classical music, transmission

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195331370
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Wolf, editor
Harvard University