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Symbolic Mobility: movements of identities through music in a digitalized context
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2250-3939
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper will present an outline of how an empirical investigation of the concept of symbolic mobility with a focus on the two phenomena music and identity. ‘Mobility’ is the core concept of the contemporary paradigm “The Mobile Turn” where transportation of people, goods and ideas are researched. However, since the establishment of the Internet, mobility is no longer purely a question of the real world. A social community is for instance no longer limited to a physical place, it is also augmented into a virtual space where individuals can be born, connect, travel and interact. Within this virtual world the phenomenon of music is a widespread inhabitant. Music is there to be experienced but music is also being used instrumental by individuals in a symbolic way. Music can be manifested in the form of a musical playlist, a collection of sonic samples that fits certain occasions or it may express identity. This latter feature seems to be of great importance. One example of this significance is how the final candidates of the American presidency in 2012 present themselves partly to the voters through musical playlists. Their identity is then represented as a musical identity. The playlists may not only manifest representations of identity, it may also play a part in communication as they are shared in digital communities. Playlists, cultural tracks, are in this study regarded as text, can be considered as symbols where the phenomenon of music and identity is intertwined with each other. The presentation will, after a brief introduction to the field of mobility, suggest a way to empirical investigate what significance or what meaning music play when symbolic identities are constructed.

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Örebro, 2013. 1-1 p.
Keyword [en]
music, mobile identities, symbolic mobility, music mobility, musical identities
National Category
Humanities Musicology
Research subject
Musicology esp. Musical Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-27382OAI: diva2:603609
Nordic Network for Music Educational Research NNMPF 2013
Available from: 2013-02-08 Created: 2013-02-06 Last updated: 2015-06-03Bibliographically approved

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