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ERIC Number: EJ1023758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
Rethinking Cosmopolitanism in Music Education
Bates, Vincent C.
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v13 n1 p310-327 Mar 2014
Cosmopolitanism is basically a moral stance requiring every human to be concerned with the wellbeing of every other human being on earth. As such, it tends to privilege cosmopolitan--urban and culturally elite--populations while suppressing more "place-bound" groups. Cosmopolitan education constitutes a form of abjection whereby non-cosmopolitan children are seen as a threat to global progress. In music education in many places, classical cosmopolitanism is manifest through a near-exclusive focus on classical music, the proliferation of multicultural music curricula, and a somewhat myopic promotion of digital technologies. In all three instances, the aim of music education includes the mission to "free" children from local perspectives and ways of life. The result, however, is a form of cultural colonization of local peoples and places. A better alternative is to fully recognize the importance of and to celebrate local musical practices and avoid placing higher priority on global values.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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