ERIC Number: EJ872609
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
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Mind the Gap!
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v9 n1 p45-54 Jan 2010
The author of this article comments on the book, "Body Consciousness," by Richard Shusterman. She states that this book speaks to her as a musician-teacher, music scholar crossing multiple disciplines (education, musicology, ethnomusicology, women's studies, gender studies), lesbian-feminist, social activist, Buddhist. While she is not a philosopher, this is the kind of book that wakes her in the middle of the night with ideas, inspired to wonder, quibble, and write. Her criticism is in the spirit of possibility and conversation because Richard Shusterman provokes that space within his writing. Still, "Body Consciousness" is a challenging book when it comes to writing a review essay. Taking the "Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education" guidelines to heart, she responds to this book not with a review, per se, but wondering how she can benefit from this book and use or extend the analysis it presents. The author comments on and analyzes Shusterman's choices of Foucault, Merleau-Ponty, Beauvoir, Wittgenstein, James, and Dewey. As a precursor to feminism, Beauvoir is a most significant woman philosopher who paves the way for feminist thinking and action. As well, Dewey's influence in education makes the final chapter stand out as a music educator, while Shusterman's prefatory materials and definitions of pragmatist somaesthetics (in the Foucault chapter) are logical places to start. These are the areas where she focuses her comments, "quibbles," and analyses.
Descriptors: Feminism, Music Education, Musicians, Music Teachers, Social History, Educational Philosophy, Gender Bias, Human Body, Aesthetics, Stereotypes
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