Keeping it Country while Dancing with the Elite

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Title Keeping it Country while Dancing with the Elite
 
Creator Vestby, Stian
 
Subject Music; Sociology; Cultural Studies
Country music; festival audiences; class distinctions; cultural policy; quality judgements; musical gentrification
 
Description This article examines programme and audience development at the Norwegian Country Meeting after this festival achieved status as a Norwegian hub festival for country music in 2012. Building on ethnographic data, this article focuses on the effects cultural policies and authoritative criteria for aesthetic quality have had on a popular musical event. The results show how cultural policy may be operationalized based on the dominating preferences of the cultural elite. In this context ‘musical gentrification’ (Dyndahl et al. 2014), a structural phenomenon in which low culture is absorbed into the legitimate culture with inclusionary and exclusionary outcomes, becomes a central theoretical concept. The significance of the study is reflected in its descriptions of how cultural practices and policies relate to wider systems of power and socio-aesthetic inequality.
 
Publisher IASPM - International Association for the Study of Popular Music
 
Contributor Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
Research Council of Norway
 
Date 2019-10-12
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
Ethnography; Mixed methods
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://iaspmjournal.net/index.php/IASPM_Journal/article/view/930
 
Source IASPM Journal; Vol 9, No 1 (2019): Pop music festivals and (cultural) policies; 39 - 55
2079-3871
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://iaspmjournal.net/index.php/IASPM_Journal/article/view/930/pdf
 
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