Friday, 19 October 2018

Dr Aileen Dillane, Dr Martin J. Power, Professor Eoin Devereux and Dr Amanda Haynes have just published a comprehensive, cutting-edge companion guide to music and social protest globally. Songs of Social Protest, published as part of Rowman & Littlefield International's ‘Protest, Media and Culture’ series, brings together established and emerging scholars from a range of fields.

It explores a wide range of examples of, and contexts for, songs and their performance that have been deployed as part of local, regional and global social protest movements, both in historical and contemporary times.

The volume is organised around the themes of Protest and the African American Experience, Communal Musics and Collectivities, ‘Celebrity’ and ‘Authenticity’ in Anti-State Protest, Liminality and the Materiality of Protest song, Protest Heritage, Protesting against Capitalism and the Neoliberal Tide, Countering Regime(s), Queer(ing) Protest, Resisting Prescriptive Identity, The Efficacy of the Protest Singer, and Critical Pedagogy and Protest Music.

Encompassing nuanced historical-political-economic contextualizations and detailed ethnographic, socio-musicological analysis, this comprehensive book offers new and critical perspectives on genres already associated with protest alongside explorations of rich music traditions which may not be readily familiar to Western readers interested in protest movements and song.

By placing historical approaches alongside cutting-edge ethnography, philosophical excursions alongside socio-political and economic perspectives, and cultural context alongside detailed, musicological, textual, and performance analysis, Songs of Social Protest offers a dynamic resource for scholars and students exploring song and singing as a form of protest.

The Foreword and Introduction are available to read here.