World Music: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2nd Edition)
The term 'world music' encompasses both folk and popular musicacross the globe, as well as the sounds of cultural encounter anddiversity, sacred voices raised in worship, local sounds, anduniversal values. It emerged as an invention of the West fromencounters with other cultures, and holds the power to evoke theexotic and give voice to the voiceless. Today, in both sound andmaterial it has a greater presence in human societies than everbefore. The politics of which world music are a part—globalization,cosmopolitanism, and nationalism—play an increasingly direct rolein societies throughout the world, but are at the same time alsobecoming increasingly controversial. In this new edition of hisVery Short Introduction, Philip Bohlman considers questions ofmeaning and technology in world music, and responds to thedramatically changing political world in which people produce andlisten to world music. He also addresses the different ways inwhich world music is created, disseminated, and consumed, as thefull reach of the internet and technologies that store and spreadmusic through the exchange of data files spark a revolution in theproduction and availability of world music. Finally, Bohlmanrevises the way we think of the musician, as an increasingly mobileindividual, sometimes because physical borders have fallen away, atother times because they are closing.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series fromOxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost everysubject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to getahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts,analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to makeinteresting and challenging topics highly readable.