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ERIC Number: EJ1153642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
Agoraphobia and Music Education: Fear of the Closed, Fear of the Open
Bradley, Deborah
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v16 n1 p38-52 Aug 2017
This review of Randall Everett Allsup's book, "Remixing the Classroom: Toward an Open Philosophy of Music Education" (Allsup 2016) deconstructs some of the characteristics of postmodernism found within the text, critiquing Allsup's use of anecdotes to set up the argument for an open philosophy of music education as an approach that relies upon the "literary tricks and strategic exclusions" (Knights 1997) common to many postmodern arguments. These strategies lead to a totalizing narrative based upon a binary construction of open/closed philosophy, combined with the strategic exclusion of substantive discussion related to issues of social justice; in Allsup's text, social justice becomes subsumed under calls for human relationships and human flourishing. The review concludes with a call to use texts such as Allsup's as an opportunity to engage in ongoing critical and crucial dialogue about the many important issues with which music educators must wrestle in today's world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Book/Product Reviews
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Language: English
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