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Noriko Manabe
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)
How Music and Musicians Communicate the Antinuclear Protest Message in Post-Fukushima Japan

The Fukushima nuclear crisis has inspired the largest citizens' movement in Japan since the 1960s. Based on fieldwork and musico-textual analyses, my monograph-in-progress examines how musicians are communicating the antinuclear message. Eyerman and Jamison have observed that social movements engage music from the past. I take this observation a step further by proposing a typology of intertextuality—a recurrent feature of Japanese antinuclear songs, which incorporate music from past movements and quote recent announcements. I examine the role of music in different venues—demonstrations, cyberspace, festivals, and recordings—and the evolution of sound demonstrations with the stage of the movement. I consider the range of roles taken by musicians, who see themselves as ordinary citizens rather than representatives of their fans (cf Street). Drawing from ethnography, musical analysis, sound studies, and literary theory, I consider how music communicates messages in contentious politics.

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Project fields:
East Asian Studies; Ethnomusicology; Music History and Criticism

Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan

Research Programs

$37,800 (approved)
$37,800 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 9/30/2014