Music and anti-racism: musicians' involvement in anti-racist spaces

Anna Rastas, Elina Seye

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This article explores connections between music and anti-racism. Based on our analyses of recent anti-racist demonstrations and musical media productions, we have constructed an ethnographic description of musicians' involvement in anti-racism in Finland. Our study makes visible how in predominantly white societies, individual musicians' own relations to (anti-)racism, as well as different articulations and meanings of race in general, have become issues that an increasing number of musicians must negotiate. By relying on a multidisciplinary theoretical framework, our study provides different approaches to the complexity and the multidimensionality of the meanings of race, racism, and anti-racism in music.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPopular Music & Society
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)592-610
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
  • music
  • popular music
  • music video
  • 5143 Social and cultural anthropology
  • racism
  • anti-racism
  • demonstrations

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