Music, Politics, and the Crimes of the Powerful
Routledge – 2013 – 192 pages
Theorizing Resistance examines the extent to which music constructions provide windows for opposition and resistance to forms of state crime and violence such as war, human rights abuses, oppression, and corruption. The analysis is based on rich ethnographic, documentary, and participant observation research with politically active independent punk rock musicians.
Drawing on the work of Michel Maffesoli, the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies and more recently Jeff Ferrell, this book makes a unique and original contribution to ongoing academic debates about power, alienation and resistance and will be fascinating reading for courses in cultural and critical criminology, state crime, human rights and the sociology of popular music.
1. Introduction: Neotribes, Music, and Cultural Criminology 2. Resisting State Crime and Popular Culture 3. From the Mouths of Musicians 4. Deciphering Discourse: Audience, Commerce, Creation, and Meaning 5. Toward Action.