"Singing for our lives": Women's music and democratic politics

Hypatia 17 (4):71-94 (2002)
: Although democratic theorists often employ musical metaphors to describe their politics, musical practices are seldom analyzed as forms of political communication. In this article, I explore how the music of social movements, what is called "movement music," supplements deliberative democrats' concept of public discourse as rational argument. Invoking energies, motions, and voices beyond established identities and institutions anticipates a different, more musical democracy. I argue that the "women's music" of Holly Near, founder of Redwood Records and Redwood Cultural Work, exemplifies this transformative power of musical sound
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DOI 10.2979/HYP.2002.17.4.71
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Amy Gutmann (1996). Democracy and Disagreement. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

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