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Transforming Ethnomusicology Volume IMethodologies, Institutional Structures, and Policies$
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Beverley Diamond and Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197517604

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197517604.001.0001

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Sincerely Outspoken

Sincerely Outspoken

Toward a Critical Activist Ethnomusicology

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Transforming Ethnomusicology Volume I

David A. McDonald

Oxford University Press

Over the last twenty years, ethnomusicologists have developed insightful approaches to the study of conflict, violence, and the unprecedented movement of people across the globe. And yet, despite this high level of interest in understanding the material and performative manifestations of forced migration and displacement, ethnomusicologists have yet to fully strategize ways in which their research may be used as a form of cultural critique and activism. In this chapter I explore challenges encountered in my pursuit of policy change, the creation of emancipatory knowledge, and social justice in my work with Palestinian musicians. In so doing I will address the following questions: What does it mean to critique structures of injustice? How might we better understand and address positionality, difference, and dialogue? What are the ethics of intervention? And how might a rigorous critical ethnomusicology serve the immediate political, material, and cultural needs of our interlocutors? Drawing from Marxist, feminist, queer, and performance theory, I will then chart out how a collaborative critical ethnomusicology may provide a vital link between local stakeholders, community collaborators, researchers, and policymakers.

Keywords:   activism, migration, displacement, justice regime, ethics of intervention

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