9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN07 Sociology of Culture

2009-09-04 09:00:00 2009-09-04 10:30:00 Friday, 4 September 09:00 - 10:30 Music Culture Building II, C4.06

Performing Cultural Cosmopolitanism: Pop-Rock Cognoscenti

The taste and knowledge community of pop-rock is an aggregation of individuals scattered around the world, whose members are connected by their acquaintance with, knowledge of, and expertise in the very detailed history and stylistic variety of pop-rock music. Members of this community are also characterized by their taste preferences for genres of pop-rock music. These are the pop-rock cognoscenti or aficionados. They posses knowledge about musicians, styles, songs, albums, periods, and in general the type of knowledge that informs dictionaries and encyclopedias of popular music and pop-rock. Some of these individuals are lucky enough to make a living out of this knowledge by being critics; others are simply fans and collectors. This paper looks at some of the practices through which this knowledge is exercised in Israel. These practices include critics' columns and reviews in newspapers, magazines and websites, radio talk of music editors in specialized programs, and fans' information and opinion exchanges in internet forums. Attention will be given to the mixed presence, in all these practices, of knowledge about musicians not only from the US and OK, but also from Israel and other countries. The paper will contextualize these practices within the discourse on cultural cosmopolitanism. It will be argued that these practices are one particular mode of performing cosmopolitanism. These practices may be conceived as a set of rites through which cultural cosmopolitanism becomes an actually existing reality, where the local/national and the global frames of identity interweave into one

Intended for the 'performing cultures' or 'global issues' topic