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Living in The Merry GhettoThe Music and Politics of the Czech Underground$
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Trever Hagen

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190263850

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190263850.001.0001

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The Underground Cultural Ecology

The Underground Cultural Ecology

(p.1) Chapter 1 The Underground Cultural Ecology
Living in The Merry Ghetto

Trever Hagen

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 gives an overview of the music in “Merry Ghetto,” the Underground’s assembled cultural ecology, before moving on to discuss memory in post-socialist Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic. I continue by examining associations between music and social activity in context: namely revolutions, memory, and popular music in the former Eastern bloc. The chapter critiques and draws on insights from literature of popular music studies and sociology of music to construct an approach to studying music as a social activity that is grounded in events, peoples, places, and their relations. These are the mechanisms of how music takes on meaning and provides empowering affordances. I analyze these questions using perspectives developed in music sociology and music therapy in order to understand the interactive piece-by-piece assembly of groups, bodies, and consciousness—and thus social power and agency—showing what is possible, what can be accomplished through and with music.

Keywords:   musicking, resistance, social memory, cultural ecology, collective action, art worlds, collective action

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