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Decentering MusicA Critique of Contemporary Musical Research$
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Kevin Korsyn

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195104547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195104547.001.0001

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ETHICS AND THE POLITICAL IN MUSICAL RESEARCH

ETHICS AND THE POLITICAL IN MUSICAL RESEARCH

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(p.176) 8 ETHICS AND THE POLITICAL IN MUSICAL RESEARCH
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Decentering Music
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Kevin Korsyn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195104547.003.0011

This chapter argues that the crisis of musical research is ultimately an ethical crisis: when we reduce others to representatives of factions, we objectify them and their language; when we submit to the forced consensus of the ideology of the abstract, we objectify ourselves. Faced with this dilemma, the critique of musicology must draw its energy from an ethical commitment, from a commitment to justice. Three areas are identified in which change seems particularly urgent: (i) the process of peer review in professional associations (such as the AMS, SEM, and SMT); (ii) the university; and (iii) writing about music.

Keywords:   musical discourse, musicology, peer review, university

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