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ERIC Number: EJ974810
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1063-5734
Homosexual Subject(ivitie)s in Music (Education): Deconstructions of the Disappeared
Gould, Elizabeth
Philosophy of Music Education Review, v20 n1 p45-62 Spr 2012
It is difficult to overstate music's persistent and uneasy relationship with homosexuality in Western society. Associated with femininity for centuries, particularly in North America, participation in music has been believed to emasculate and thus homosexualize men and boys. The linking of music to women and emotion (as opposed to men and reason) contributes to the conflation of misogyny and homophobia in North American society generally and music and music education particularly. One effect of music's conflicted relationship with and to homosexuality for lesbians and gay men is to "disappear" them in both professions. As a function of disappeared positionalities, subject positions of homosexualities and potentialities of creating lives worth living are also disappeared. I explore ontological effects of disappeared in the world and music and music education, and reconceptualize "disappeared" in terms of Jacques Derrida's concept of "under erasure"--sous rature--in ways that may signal other ontological potentialities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North America