Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Music

Title

Music and cultural politics in Taiwan

Language

English

Abstract

This article aims to examine the current debate concerning the complicated interplay of nationalism and globalization that, along with associated social changes, determines the cultural diversity of contemporary Taiwanese music today. Despite the deep cultural entanglements of Taiwan's political history, the ethnic identities of Taiwanese indigenous and popular music are crystallized by the ways in which identity is constructed and represented in culture and social relations. Over the past two decades, Taiwanese musical culture has been developed largely in relation to policies to integrate traditional Chinese, local Taiwanese and Western music. The historical and political processes in Taiwan's music are factors are pertinent to what is cultural about politics and what is political about culture. Ethnic indigenization and market globalization are part of the conception and practice of the state/party regime's efforts to co-opt the interest of diverse musical elements in a new collective Taiwanese music identity. Copyright © 2007 SAGE Publication.

Keywords

Cultural politics, Globalization, Music, Nationalism, Taiwan

Publication Date

2007

Source Publication Title

International Journal of Cultural Studies

Volume

10

Issue

4

Start Page

463

End Page

483

Publisher

SAGE Publications

DOI

10.1177/1367877907083080

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1367877907083080

ISSN (print)

13678779

ISSN (electronic)

1460356X

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