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The Politics of Music in a New Society: Musical and Social Development in Canberra’s First 100 Years’

Campbell, Peter (2018) The Politics of Music in a New Society: Musical and Social Development in Canberra’s First 100 Years’. In: Diversity in Australia’s Music: Themes Past, Present and for the Future. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 22-54. ISBN 978-1-5275-0577-3

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The individuals, organisations and policies that shaped Canberra's new society throw into relief themes that run through the course of the city’s history. The Chapter proposes that investigation of particular points in this history reveals connections and patterns of social development in Australia that are more difficult to capture than those of larger and older cities or wider communities. Employing an historical methodology, the interrogation of archival sources, historical records of cultural organization, newspaper reports and personal reminiscences, reveals a clear picture of the way in which music builds—and sometimes divides—communities. The chapter answers questions such as: what form does the earliest music in new communities take; what is the relationship between amateur and professional music making; is public funding necessary for sustained musical activity; why do community musical activities bread down; and how do dedicated individuals drive specific cultural outcomes.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: music, Canberra, history, society, social development
Fields of Research: 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950101 Music
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Humanities, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Dr Peter Campbell
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 03:02
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2018 04:31
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3107

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