Towards an Application of Globalization Paradigms to Modern Folk Music Revivals

Sweers, Britta (2014). Towards an Application of Globalization Paradigms to Modern Folk Music Revivals. In: Bithell, Caroline; Hill, Juniper (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Music Revivals. Oxford Handbooks (pp. 466-486). New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press

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This chapter maps out central globalizing perspectives that have influenced discourses on revival and related transformational processes of traditional forms of musical expression. Focusing on the Latvian groups Skandinieki and Iļģi and on electric folk in England, the chapter analyzes the extent to which meta-perspectives can help elucidate the impact of global flows on music revivals. As Held et al.’s 2003 globalization study indicates, revival situations can be interpreted from different meta-perspectives. Equating globalization with homogenization, a sceptic perspective perceives revival as an important means of preservation. A hyperglobal approach regards globalization not as a threat, but as a possible access to Western market structures. A transformationalist perspective perceives increasingly dense global networks as the basis for developing new structures, approached from an open perspective. Although supporting a transformationalist perspective, this chapter argues that an adequate modern approach toward revival requires the combination of all three perspectives.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Center for Global Studies (CGS)
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Musicology

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Sweers, Britta


700 Arts > 780 Music




Oxford Handbooks


Oxford University Press




Britta Sweers

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06 Oct 2014 13:46

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05 Dec 2022 14:36


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