Against Populism: Music, Classification, Genre

  title={Against Populism: Music, Classification, Genre},
  author={Christopher John Ballantine},
  journal={Twentieth-Century Music},
  pages={247 - 267}
  • C. Ballantine
  • Published 1 June 2020
  • Sociology
  • Twentieth-Century Music
Abstract Often described as a social pathology, populism currently finds virulent expression in political movements across the world. Unlike the recognition that involves mutuality and respect, populism is typically founded on misrecognition; it pursues alterity, essentializes identity, offers ‘protection’ against the threat of hostile ‘others’. Often the social consequences are tragic. Music, however, can confirm or disrupt the way populism constructs identity. Epistemologically, genres can… 

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