Jews, Race and Popular Music

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - Music - 227 pages
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Jon Stratton provides a pioneering work on Jews as a racialized group in the popular music of America, Britain and Australia during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Rather than taking a narrative, historical approach the book consists of a number of case studies, looking at the American, British and Australian music industries. Stratton's primary motivation is to uncover how the racialized positioning of Jews, which was sometimes similar but often different in each of the societies under consideration, affected the kinds of music with which Jews have become involved. Stratton explores race as a cultural construction and continues discussions undertaken in Jewish Studies concerning the racialization of the Jews and the stereotyping of Jews in order to present an in-depth and critical understanding of Jews, race and popular music.

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I was looking for information on the genre "coon shouting." While the author quotes John Jacob Niles' article for the Musical Quarterly written in 1930, Stratton totally ignores the opening lines of the Niles essay that state the phenomenon of "coon shouting" is found world wide. This is a glaring omission. 


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Jon Stratton lectures in the Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University of Technology, Australia.

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