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Globalization, Music and Cultures of Distinction

The Rise of Pop Music Criticism in Italy

Authors: Varriale, Simone

  • Provides a new framework for studying how global forces inform the emergence of new cultural institutions, tastes and practices of distinction
  • Presents findings in an under-research area: how globalization has transformed cultural taste and its relation to class, gender, race, ethnicity and inequality
  • Departs from existing studies to consider the role of critics in popular culture and their struggle over notions of expertise and cultural value
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This book is the first comprehensive account of how Anglo-American popular music transformed Italian cultural life. Drawing on neglected archival materials, the author explores the rise of new musical tastes and social divisions in late twentieth century Italy.

The book reconstructs the emergence of pop music magazines in Italy and offers the first in-depth investigation of the role of critics in global music cultures. It explores how class, gender, race and geographical location shaped the production and consumption of music magazines, as well as critics’ struggle over notions of expertise, cultural value and cosmopolitanism.

Globalization, Music and Cultures of Distinction provides an innovative framework for studying how globalization transforms cultural institutions and aesthetic hierarchies, thus breaking new ground for sociological and historical research. It will be essential reading for scholars and students interested in cultural sociology, popular music, globalization, media and cultural studies, social theory and contemporary Italy.

About the authors

Simone Varriale is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK. 

Reviews

“Varriale provides a compelling analysis of the field of Italian pop music criticism … . By outlining the particular struggles that occupied Italian pop music critics, the book offers general insights into the transnational dimensions of artistic legitimation and aesthetic hierarchy in a way that will be both accessible to newcomers and intriguing to experts.” (Vaughn Schmutz, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)

“With this nuanced, detailed and clever study of Italian pop-rock criticism, Varriale enriches cultural sociology with a sophisticated and highly original contribution. … This brilliant study … is a very welcome addition to the growing literature on world pop-rock, a genuine contribution to cultural sociology at large, and to the study of current cultural cosmopolitanism.” (Motti Regev, The Open University of Israel)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: How Things Come into Being

    Varriale, Simone

    Pages 1-7

  • New Forms of Distinction, New Cultural Institutions

    Varriale, Simone

    Pages 11-34

  • Globalization and Artistic Legitimation: Reconceptualizing Bourdieu

    Varriale, Simone

    Pages 35-57

  • Young, Educated and Cosmopolitan: A New Cultural Institution

    Varriale, Simone

    Pages 61-85

  • Economic Cosmopolitanism: The Case of Ciao 2001

    Varriale, Simone

    Pages 87-110

Buy this book

eBook $74.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56450-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.00
price for USA
valid through November 5, 2017
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56449-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Globalization, Music and Cultures of Distinction
Book Subtitle
The Rise of Pop Music Criticism in Italy
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56450-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56450-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56449-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 234
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