Music & Social Justice: Decolonial Studies


Gonzalez, Martha. Chican@ Artivistas: Music, Community, and Transborder Tactics in East Los Angeles. University of Texas Press, 2020.

Gonzalez explores the intersections between music, activism, and social justice through her focus on Chican@ Artivistas in East Los Angeles. Drawing inspiration from the Zapatista movement and Fandango music, Gonzalez demonstrates how music can serve dual functions as a means for political commentary and community building.

Robinson, Dylan. Hungry Listening: Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies. University of Minnesota Press, 2020.

Hungry Listening is the first book to consider listening from both Indigenous and settler colonial perspectives, presenting case studies on Indigenous participation in classical music, musicals, and popular music. A critical response to what has been called the “whiteness of sound studies,” Dylan Robinson evaluates how decolonial practices of listening emerge from increasing awareness of our listening positionality.

Redmond, Shana L. Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson. Duke University Press, 2020.

From his cavernous voice and unparalleled artistry to his fearless struggle for human rights, Paul Robeson was one of the twentieth century's greatest icons and polymaths. In Everything Man Shana L. Redmond traces Robeson's continuing cultural resonances in popular culture and politics. She follows his appearance throughout the twentieth century in the forms of sonic and visual vibration and holography; theater, art, and play; and the physical environment.

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