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Musical meaning and social reproduction: A case for retrieving autonomy

Green, L; (2005) Musical meaning and social reproduction: A case for retrieving autonomy. Educational Philosophy and Theory , 37 (1) pp. 77-92. 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2005.00099.x. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article I propose a theory of musical meaning and experience which takes into consideration the dialectical relationship between musical text and context, and which is flexible enough to apply to a range of musical styles. Through this theory I examine the roles played by the school music classroom which, despite the multiplicity of musical styles now incorporated into schooling, continues to contribute to the reproduction of existing social relations in the wider society. I consider how music itself can be understood to construct and communicate apparent ‘truths’ about ourselves and society and what role the classroom plays in perpetuating those ‘truths’. Finally I argue for a partial but necessary reinstatement of the much‐maligned notion of musical autonomy as a critical moment in any attempt to change things. © 2005, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Type: Article
Title: Musical meaning and social reproduction: A case for retrieving autonomy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2005.00099.x
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1479474
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