The Oxford Handbook of Popular Music in the Nordic Countries

ISBN : 9780190603908

Fabian Holt; Antti-Ville Karja
346 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Sep 2017
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Popular music has come to play a significant role in the political and cultural history of the Nordic countries. Research on the region's culture has largely followed national narratives created by political and economic institutions, even as cultural life in the region-which spans a large area of northern Europe and the North Atlantic-displays more complex geographies and evolving global dynamics. As the first of its kind, The Oxford Handbook of Popular Music in the Nordic Countries offers a series of exemplary studies of music in these transnational dynamics in the specific context of the region's cultures and natural environments, written by the foremost experts in the field. Chapters highlight and challenge music's place in exotic images of the North and in transnational environmentalism, tourism, racism, and media industries. The Handbook illustrates how transnational dynamics evolve and shape musical life and the institutional spheres of policy, education, and research.


Introduction: Music in a Globalizing Region
Fabian Holt

1 Musical Borealism: Nordic Music and European History
Philip V. Bohlman
2 Nordic Modernity and the Structure of the Musical Landscape
Fabian Holt
3 Inclusive Popular Music Education?
Alexis A. Kallio and Lauri Vakeva
4 Roots, Routes, and Cosmopolitanism: David Lindley Meets Harding Hank
Hans Weisethaunet
5 From the Faroes to the World Stage
Joshua Green
6 Christian Metal and the Translocal North
Henna Jousmaki
7 Music and Landscape in Iceland
Tony Mitchell
8 Music and Environmentalism in Iceland
Nicola Dibben

9 A Metahistorical Enquiry into Nordic Popular Music Historiography
Antti-Ville Karja
10 Echoes of the Colonial Past in Discourse on North Atlantic Popular Music
Kimberly Cannady
11 Swedish Prog Rock and the Search for a Timeless Utopia
Sverker Hylten-Cavallius and Lars Kaijser
12 Trajectories of Karelian Music After the Cold War
Pekka Suutari
13 The Memorial Ceremony after the 2011 Utoya Massacre
Jan Sverre Knudsen
14 Aspirations and Global Futures: Lessons from Sami Popular Music for the 21st Century
Tina K. Ramnarine

15 Masculinity, Race and Transculturalism in a Norwegian Context
Stan Hawkins
16 Hip Hop as Public Pedagogy
Alexandra D'Urso
17 Urban Music and the Complex Identities of New Nationals in Scandinavia
Henrik Marstal
18 Rap, Reggae, and White Minoritization
Benjamin R. Teitelbaum
19 Sami Festivals and Indigeneity
Thomas R. Hilder
20 Digitally Mediated Identity in the Cases of Two Sami Artists
Ann Werner

About the author: 

Fabian Holt is Associate Professor at the University of Roskilde, where he teaches in the Department of Communication and Arts. His publications include Genre in Popular Music (Chicago 2007) and Musical Performance and the Changing City (Routledge 2013, co-edited with Carsten Wergin). Holt was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago 2003-2004 and visiting scholar at Columbia University 2010-2011.; Antti-Ville Karja works as Academy Research Fellow at Music Archive JAPA, Helsinki, Finland, with a research project Music, Multiculturality and Finland (2014-2018). He is Adjunct Professor of popular music studies at the University of Helsinki and his fields of expertise include music and multiculturalism, historiography of popular music, and music in audiovisual media. He is currently Chair of the Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology. He is also a member of the editorial boards of the journals Perfect Beat and IASPM@journal.

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