Britishness e la composita natura del luogo: musica e identità nazionale in Gran Bretagna tra locale e globale

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Britishness and the composite nature of the place: music and national identity in Britain between local and global

Elena Dominique Midolo

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] The socio-cultural context of the old continent tells of migrations and colonizations, deportations and diasporas, departures and returns that are intertwined in a network of transnational mobility of which Great Britain is a central node. Since the first half of the twentieth century, the British social fabric has been affected by the numerous migratory waves that have brought with them, from the outskirts of the former empire, a precious, as opposed, cultural gift, reconfiguring forever the features of an entire nation. The presence of diasporic cultures on the British territory, with their connection to the land of origin maintained through material and symbolic exchanges, and together with their rooting, generation after generation, requires a new reflection on the concept of Britishness. The analysis of cultural consumption, in particular the paradigms of fruition of popular music, constitutes the starting point for an investigation that intends, in this article, to report on the new state of the British nation. What kind of musical production / fruition can be considered British, and which traits, which sounds, which poetics characterize it? Which British culture is expression? What is the role of ethnic minority musical traditions in redefining the characteristics of British music production, and which Britishness do they represent? What is the role of popular music in the articulation of the feeling of belonging of those who enjoy it? To try to answer these questions we will analyze the relationships between users and local contexts: the investigation will be defined by the attempt to focus on the complex and contrasted nature of the relationship between local dimensions and globalizing tensions. The attempt is to maintain a bifocal perspective capable of describing local contexts as force fields in which tendencies are manifested which, on the one hand, define the character of a specific situated reality, and, in parallel, are influenced by it. Within such a scenario, popular music, in its multiple genre declinations, offers an indispensable tool, both at the level of production and at the level of consumption, for the articulation of issues related to ethnic identity, to the feeling of local belonging , to Britishness. The article tries, therefore, to draw a map of the modern soundscapes, the sound horizons of the multi-ethnic culture of Great Britain that become visible between local and global.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Britishness and the composite nature of the place: music and national identity in Britain between local and global
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)153-171
Number of pages19
JournalMONDI MIGRANTI
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Britishness
  • consumo musicale
  • diaspora
  • luoghi e identità
  • popular music
  • società multietnica

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