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ERIC Number: EJ844820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
Race, Music, and the Ravages of History: Response, Responsiveness, and Responsibility
Radano, Ronald; Bohlman, Philip V.
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v4 n3 Sep 2005
A deafening counterpoint arose from the destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina on 29 August 2005, and within that counterpoint race and music undeniably became the dominant voices. The devastation of New Orleans, however, was no more a "catastrophe of biblical proportions," as many with power have piously claimed, than the populist denial of a constitution for the European Unity in the summer of 2005 revealed a belief shared by many Europeans that there was a need to save European civilization--their civilization--from the forces that would undermine its historical accomplishments, indeed, the very victory of the Enlightenment as the beacon of Europe's racial imagination. In the summer of 2005, European unity and, in the words of many, the "history of European civilization," were put to the test of referenda in France and the Netherlands, whose citizens were asked to approve the EU Constitution. Political leaders in both countries staked their political fortunes on approval, but in June 2005, first France and then the Netherlands soundly rejected the Constitution. The two referenda represented public opinion in two European nations with large foreign populations, particularly large Muslim populations, which sustained a postcolonial continuity with former colonies in Muslim North Africa and Southeast Asia. The referenda confronted the European Union on one of its most delicate--and invisible--issues, the growing presence of Islam in Europe, which, as the authors examined in the "Introduction" to "Music and the Racial Imagination," has historically determined one of the most visible facets of the European racial imagination. There can be no denying the global racialization of Islam and its music since the publication of "Music and the Racial Imagination." What had been invisible is now audible; the culture that had been local in its otherness, is now global in its selfness. To deny the racialization of Islam in the wake of the European Enlightenment or in the wake of 9/11 and the July 7th London bombings would be to deny history itself. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France; Louisiana; Netherlands