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'Corkonian exceptionalism': identity, authenticity and the emotional politics of place in a small city's popular music scene
Hogan, Eileen
Drawing from ethnographic research on Cork city’s popular music scene, this article explores meanings of ‘authenticity’ as constructed through geographical, social and ideological referents. It unpacks local music producers’ position-takings within the local field of cultural production, and locates their narrative claims to authenticity with respect to the city’s strong sense of cultural identity. Their authenticating discourses are revealed as complex, often produced through building imagined communities of ‘us’ (in Cork) versus ‘them’ (in Dublin). The analysis indicates local actors’ deep sense of emotional attachment to place and to others within the music-making community, which impacts on their self-conception as creative labourers, sustains DIY, collaborative practices, and promotes a solidaristic ethos within the local music scene.
Keyword(s): Popular music; Authenticity; Cultural identity; Music scene; Cork; Dublin
Publication Date:
2016
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Cork
Citation(s): Hogan, E. (2016) ''Corkonian exceptionalism': identity, authenticity and the emotional politics of place in a small city's popular music scene', Ethnomusicology Ireland, 4, pp.1-26.
Publisher(s): International Council for Traditional Music, Ireland
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://www.ictm.ie/?p=1875
First Indexed: 2016-10-07 06:01:00 Last Updated: 2016-10-14 06:59:10