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ERIC Number: EJ954171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
Theory as a Second Story: Extending a Tale
Benedict, Cathy
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v10 n1 p78-85 Aug 2011
In this article, the author states that she supports Wayne Bowman's (2006) concern with the impact narratives can have, including their potential to legitimize "existing patterns of privilege and possibility." She argues that "there is nothing inherently emancipatory about narrative." In fact, narrative "may, and often does, legitimatize existing power relations, existing discourses, existing patterns of privilege and possibility." Narrative often leads one to the heart of action and ideals. For those who are in search of varied meanings, storied accounts can lead toward a telling of events that, in their unfolding, present ethical encounters with and for resistance; thereby giving accounts of "processes of rupture" and reinforcing how significant they may be. The wake of said stories present one with how music practices and pedagogies in urban contexts need more than the dualism between healing tales or accounts of horror--they need narratives of rupture. The author follows Kincheloe and Berry (2004), believing that the kind of "feedback looping" involved in a "point of entry" treatment of a text, functions to "expose locations of power, challenge taken-for-granted assumptions and de-center positions of authority." Consequently, this article is an exercise in how one may continuously add questions and thoughts to issues raised in the article. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York