Monson and Appadurai

My post will address a quote from page 33 of the Monson: RIffs, Repetition and Globalization reading: “My most general presumptions are that conceptual processes are analogical, constantly interpreting one mode of social experience in terms of another, and that the deep systemic and continually reproduced asymmetries of the global economy must be addressed in our thinking.” I think what Monson is trying to say, in my most humble and uninformed opinion, is similar to what Appadurai says in his definition of -scapes; that one must take into account status and culture when evaluating music.

Though she does not even refer to music in this quote, she does so extensively throughout the text. She compares different literature on this very topic of what should constitute one’s evaluation of music and sociological factors, and from the quote it is apparent that she agrees that demographics should be taken into account. Her idea that the world is an interacting place of nations and nationalities is similar to Appadurai but she does not explicitly divide up this thought into -scapes. She does, however, say she thinks that the “asymmetries of the global economy must be addressed in our thinking,” but does not provide concrete facts from organizations such as the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund, but rather discusses class differences instead. Overall her main argument has to do more with the types of beats and their relation to social context but I chose this quote because it related to Appadurai so well and was confusing to me at first until I hashed it out more in writing.


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