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Author(s): Guerra, Paula
Feixa Pàmpols, Carles
Blackman, Shane
Ostegaard, Jeanette
Title: Introduction: Songs that sing the crisis: music, words, youth narratives and identities in late modernity
Issue Date: 2020-02
Abstract: In this special edition on popular music, we seek to explore Simon Frith's (1978,The sociology of rock, London, UK: Constable, p. 39) argument that: 'Music's presence in youth culture is established but not its purpose'. 'Songs that sing the crisis'captures contemporary accounts, which build upon popular music's legacy, courageand sheer determination to offer social and cultural critique of oppressive structuresor political injustice as they are being lived by young people today. Young peoplehave consistently delivered songs that have focused on struggles for social rights, civilrights, women's rights and ethnic and sexual minorities rights through creative anger,emotion and resistance, and we know that music matters because we consciouslyfeel the song (DeNora, 2000, Music in everyday life, Cambridge: Cambridge UniversityPress). However, in the aftermath of the post-2008 global economic and culturalcrises, young people, in particular, have faced austerity, social hardship and politicalchanges, which have impacted on their future lives (France, 2016, Understanding youthin the global economic crisis, Bristol: Policy Press; Kelly & Pike, 2017, Neo-liberalismand austerity: The moral economies of young people's health and well-being, London, UK:Palgrave). This special issue assesses the key contestation where popular music isa mechanism to not only challenge but to think through ordinary people's experience and appeals for social justice. The present introduction starts by presentingthe historical and theoretical background of this research field. Then, it introducesthe articles about the songs that sing the crisis in Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Finland,
Subject: Ciências Sociais
Social sciences
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
Appears in Collections:FLUP - Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional

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