Back to the garden: territory and exchange in western Canadian folk music festivals

Author
MacDonald, Michael B.
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Date
2010
Keywords
folk music festivals , western Canada
Abstract (summary)
Until now folk music festivals in western Canada have not been systematically surveyed nor has their operation been theorized as a mode of creative production. This work develops a historically grounded approach to folk music as a means of social production and challenges the idea that folk music is only a music genre. I conclude, using a theoretical approach developed by Deleuze and Guattari, that contemporary folk music festivals make use of social capital to establish a folk music assemblage. This assemblage provides an alternative, non-centralized, and increasingly global alternative for the flow of music capital. Folk music is no longer a style of music but a mode of doing business in music that is socially oriented and politically and economically potent.
Publication Information
MacDonald, Michael B. "Back to the Garden: Territory and Exchange in Western Canadian Folk Music Festivals." (PhD diss., University of Alberta, 2010), https://era.library.ualberta.ca/items/5b0d3eca-3267-4f02-b1ed-04f51fda3b3b/view/a6ec814f-8195-4a23-a61f-1fe52c91055f/MacDonald_Michael_Summer2010.pdf.
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Language
English
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