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Tokita, Alison McQueen and Hughes, David W. (2007) 'Context and change in Japanese music.' In: The Ashgate research companion to Japanese music. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 1-33. (SOAS Musicology Series)

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Although Japan is often portrayed as culturally and ethnically highly homogeneous, its music culture has long been extremely diverse, especially so with modernization and globalization. Thus we begin by problematizing the term ‘Japanese music’. We then aim to provide broad historical, cultural and theoretical contexts within which to understand the subsequent genre-specific chapters, by introducing a range of cross-cutting topics, issues and research perspectives - for example: Japan’s interactions with other cultures throughout history; sociocultural contexts of each genre, including issues of patronage, audiences, class and gender; social structures and mechanisms of transmission; music theory in Japan; aesthetic concepts; and research culture. We conclude with a view into the musical future, considering the impact of educational policies, globalization and so forth.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: music, Japan, globalization
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Music
ISBN: 9780754656999
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2007 09:59

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