A Theory of Music as Political Resistance
Walker, Ian D.
French, P. Edward
This thesis began as a curiosity about the correlation between politics and music. Closer inspection revealed that there is an absence of literature discussing the relationship between the two. The vacuum in the literature allows this adaptation of John Kingdon’s Streams Theory to serve as a theoretical framework through which the relationship between music and politics can be viewed. Upon applying this theoretical framework, the case study genres identified paint a picture of resistant music arising as a function of government action, social climate, and large-scale events that affect the streams identified. In short, government action, social climate, and large-scale events combine at times to augment the streams which can lead to convergences that can lead to the creation of both socially and politically resistant musics. Evidence of the functionality of this theory can be found in case studies of musical genres from the 1950s to the 1990s.