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ERIC Number: EJ1104346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
Providing Contexts for Understanding Musical Narratives of Power in the Classroom: Music, Politics, and Power in Grenada, West Indies
Sirek, Danielle
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v15 n3 p151-179 Jun 2016
The role of music in Grenada, West Indies has traditionally been to pass on knowledges, values, and ideals; and to provide a means of connecting to one another through expressing commonality of experience, ancestry, and nationhood. This paper explores how Eric Matthew Gairy, during his era of political leadership in Grenada (1951-1979), exploited the transmission and performance of music in very specific ways to further his career politically and exert power over Grenadian society. This historical case study of Grenada, where music was deliberately used as a method of supporting perceived social and political binaries, sheds light upon the power dynamics that are at play when we uplift certain musics in the classroom, and silence others. [This paper was presented at the 9th International Symposium on the Sociology of Music Education (2015).]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Grenada
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