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Migrating Music

1st Edition

Edited by Jason Toynbee, Byron Dueck


256 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Migrating Music considers the issues around music and cosmopolitanism in new ways. Whilst much of the existing literature on ‘world music’ questions the apparently world-disclosing nature of this genre – but says relatively little about migration and mobility – diaspora studies have much to say about the latter, yet little about the significance of music.

In this context, this book affirms the centrality of music as a mode of translation and cosmopolitan mediation, whilst also pointing out the complexity of the processes at stake within it. Migrating music, it argues, represents perhaps the most salient mode of performance of otherness to mutual others, and as such its significance in socio-cultural change rivals – and even exceeds – literature, film, and other language and image-based cultural forms.

This book will serve as a valuable reference tool for undergraduate and postgraduate students with research interests in cultural studies, sociology of culture, music, globalization, migration, and human geography.


'A welcome addition to the literature on music, mediation and diaspora…'

'Many of the contributions to this volume have a strong sense of immediacy and engagement with their material, and with the wider political context. Toynbee and Dueck are not shy of contributing to current political debates, and they highlight European anxieties over immigration, exacerbated by economic hardship and fears that migrants are transforming the wider national culture.'

-Rachel Harris, Univeristy of London, in Ethnomusicology Forum, vol 21 no 1 p.117-119

Table of Contents

1. Migrating Music by Jason Toynbee and Byron Dueck Part 1: Migrants Introduction by Byron Dueck 2. Migrant/Migrating Music and the Mediterranean by Martin Stokes 3. ‘My Own Little Morocco at Home’: A Biographical Account of Migration, Mediation and Music Consumption by Carolyn Landau 4. ‘Realness’: Authenticity, Innovation and Prestige among Young Danseurs Afros in Paris by Laura Steil Part 2: Translations Introduction by Jason Toynbee 5. Ridiculing Rap, Funlandizing Finns? Humour and Parody as Strategies of Securing the Ethnic Other in Popular Music by Antti-Ville Kärjä 6. Hip-hop Tehran: Migrating Styles, Musical Meanings, Marginalised Voices by Laudan Nooshin 7. "Un Homme et Une Femme" Voyage via "Barquinho" to Hollywood and Beyond: Global Circulation, Musical Hybridization, and Adult Modernity, 1961-69 by Keir Keightley Part 3: Media Introduction by Jason Toynbee 8. What Migrates and Who Does It? A Mini Case Study from Fiji by Ruth Finnegan 9. Migrating Music and Good-Enough Cosmopolitanism: Encounter with Robin Denselow and Charlie Gillett by Kevin Robins 10. Ports of Call: An Ethnographic Analysis of Music Programmes about the Migration of People, Musicians, Genres and Instruments, BBC World Service, 1994-1995 by Jan Fairley 11. Music, Migration and War: the BBC’s Interactive Music Broadcasting to Afghanistan and the Afghan Diaspora by John Baily Part 4: Cities Introduction by Byron Dueck 12. Cavern Journeys: Music, Migration and Urban Space by Sara Cohen 13. ‘New York Comes to Groningen’: Jazz Star Circuits in the Netherlands by Kristin McGee 14. ‘Brown Boys Doing It Like This’: Asian Cultural Production and London’s Asian Urban Music Scene by Helen Kim

About the Editors

Jason Toynbee is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies in the Department of Sociology at The Open University. He does work on copyright and creativity, and ethnicity and the postcolonial condition. Much of his research on those issues focuses on popular music and jazz, as in his books Making Popular Music: Musicians, Institutions and Creativity (Arnold, 2000) and Bob Marley: Herald of a Postcolonial World? (Polity, 2007).

Byron Dueck is University Fellow in Music at the Open University. His work focuses on the role of musical and embodied experience in constituting public cultures. The majority of his research concerns First Nations and Métis music in western Canada; other interests include Cameroonian popular music and jazz.

About the Series


Culture, Economy and the Social

This series establishes the importance of innovative contemporary, comparative and historical work on the relations between social, cultural and economic change. It publishes empirically-based research that is theoretically informed, that critically examines the ways in which social, cultural and economic change is framed and made visible, and that is attentive to perspectives that tend to be ignored or side-lined by grand theorising or epochal accounts of social change. The series addresses the diverse manifestations of contemporary capitalism, and considers the various ways in which the `social', `the cultural' and `the economic' are apprehended as tangible sites of value and practice. It is explicitly comparative, publishing books that work across disciplinary perspectives, cross-culturally, or across different historical periods.

We are particularly focused on publishing books in the following areas that fit with the broad remit of the series:

  • Cultural consumption
  • Cultural economy
  • Cities and urban change
  • Materiality, sociality and the post-human
  • Culture and media industries
  • Culture and governance
  • Emerging forms of cultural and economic practice

The series is actively engaged in the analysis of the different theoretical traditions that have contributed to critiques of the `cultural turn'. We are particularly interested in perspectives that engage with Bourdieu, Foucauldian approaches to knowledge and cultural practices, Actor-network approaches, and with those that are associated with issues arising from Deleuze's work around complexity, affect or topology. The series is equally concerned to explore the new agendas emerging from current critiques of the cultural turn: those associated with the descriptive turn for example. Our commitment to interdisciplinarity thus aims at enriching theoretical and methodological discussion, building awareness of the common ground has emerged in the past decade, and thinking through what is at stake in those approaches that resist integration to a common analytical model.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General