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Pop and the Nation-State: towards a theorisation


Recent years have seen two noticeable trends in Popular Music Studies. These have been on the one hand a series of works which have tried to document the ‘local’ music scene and, on the other, accounts of processes of globalisation. While not uninterested in the intermediate Nation-State level, both trends have tended to regard it as an area of increasingly less importance. To state the matter more boldly, both trends have underplayed the continually important role of the Nation-State.

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M. Cloonan 1997. ‘State of the nation: “Englishness”, pop and politics in the mid-1990's’, Popular Music and Society, 21, 2 (Summer), pp. 4770

S. Cohen 1991b. ‘Popular music and urban regeneration: the music industries on Merseyside’, Cultural Studies, 5, 3, pp. 332–46

S. Frith 1991. ‘Anglo-America and its discontents’, Cultural Studies, 5, 3, pp. 263–9

H.W. Giessen 1995. ‘The new German Nazism: pop song texts as indicators’, Popular Music and Society, 19, 1, pp. 107–32

K. Malm and R. Wallis 1992. Media Policy and Music Activity (London)

G. Marsh and G. Stoker (eds) 1995. Theory and Methods in Political Science (Basingstoke)

K. Negus 1993. ‘Global harmonies and local discords: transnational policies and practices in the European recording industry’, European Journal of Communication, vol. 8, pp. 295316

R. Shuker 1994. Understanding Popular Music (London)

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Popular Music
  • ISSN: 0261-1430
  • EISSN: 1474-0095
  • URL: /core/journals/popular-music
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