Sounding Dissent

Sounding Dissent Rebel Songs, Resistance, and Irish Republicanism - Music and Social Justice

Hardback (30 Jul 2020) | English

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Synopsis

The signing of the Good Friday Agreement on April 10, 1998, marked the beginning of a new era of peace and stability in Northern Ireland. As the public has overwhelmingly rejected a return to the violence of the Troubles (1968-1998), loyalist and republican groups have sought other outlets to continue their struggle. Music has long been used to celebrate cultural identity in the North of Ireland: from street parades to football chants, and from folk festivals to YouTube videos, music facilitates the continuation of pre-Agreement identity narratives in a "post-conflict" era. Sounding Dissent draws on original in-depth interviews with Irish republican musicians, contemporary audiences, and former paramilitaries, as well as diverse historical and archival material, including songbooks, prison records, and newspaper articles, to understand the history of political violence in Ireland. The book examines the hagiographic potential of rebel songs to memorialize a pantheon of republican martyrs, and demonstrates how musical performance and political song not only articulate experiences and memories of oppression and violence, but play a central role in the reproduction of conflict and exclusion in times of peace.

Book information

ISBN: 9780472131945
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Imprint: The University of Michigan Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 781.59209415
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 478g
Height: 159mm
Width: 236mm
Spine width: 25mm