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Composing the CitizenMusic as Public Utility in Third Republic France$
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Jann Pasler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257405

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257405.001.0001

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Music as Political Culture

Music as Political Culture

From Active Listening to Active Citizenship

(p.159) 3 Music as Political Culture
Composing the Citizen

Jann Pasler

University of California Press

This chapter tries to explain how music and concert life could contribute to the debates over national identity and the public good. It first discusses the uncertain stability that enveloped the early Republic during the 1870s and its political crisis. It introduces the concepts of political legitimacy and civic society, and addresses the challenges of legitimacy and consensus. It also shows how giving people the right to culture helped spread values, build community, and democratize taste, as well as presenting an example of the use of aesthetics and concert life to ideology.

Keywords:   concert life, music, national identity, public good, political legitimacy, civic society, consensus, culture, aesthetics, ideology

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