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Rationalizing CultureIRCAM, Boulez, and the Institutionalization of the Musical Avant-Garde$
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Georgina Born

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780520202160

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520202160.001.0001

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Power, Institutional Conflict, Politics

Power, Institutional Conflict, Politics

(p.143) Chapter V Power, Institutional Conflict, Politics
Rationalizing Culture

Born Georgina

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the politics, power, and institutional conflict at the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), explaining that IRCAM's functioning has undermined the surface since it was permeated by irrational and highly imperfect bureaucratic processes, with both serious and trivial consequences. It discusses IRCAM's patronage and dual structure of power. The chapter also contends that while the presence of politics in IRCAM's higher research and production sphere consisted mainly of informal rivalries for intellectual prestige and charisma, and for the patronage which flowed from these, this sphere was equally characterized by two significant absences of political consciousness or practice of the politics of institutional and organized labor.

Keywords:   IRCAM, institutional conflict, bureaucratic process, research and production, political consciousness, organized labor

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