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Modernity'S Ear: Listening to Race and Gender in World Music

Roshanak Kheshti


Fearing the rapid disappearance of indigenous cultures, twentieth-century American ethnographers turned to the phonograph to salvage native languages and musical practices. Prominent among these early “songcatchers” were white women of comfortable class standing, similar to the female consumers targeted by the music industry as the gramophone became increasingly present in bourgeois homes. Through these simultaneous movements, listening became constructed as a feminized practice, one that craved exotic sounds and mythologized the ‘other’ that made the. In Modernity’s Ear, Roshanak Kheshti exam ... More

Keywords: world music, ethnography, culture industry, listening, race, gender, sexuality, playing by ear, Zora Neale Hurston, phonographic subjects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9781479867011
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479867011.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roshanak Kheshti, author
University of California, San Diego