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The Policy of Electro-Amplified Popular Music in France: the Liberal Context and the Regulation of Rebellious Cultures

Abstract : Purpose: The aim of this chapter is to theorize and describe the main characteristics of the social construction of the policy of electro-amplified popular music (EAPM) in the French context. Design/methodology/approach: To explain the signification and the institutionalization of EAPM through the conflict and mediation between two modes of legitimation of the rebellion and recognition of identity: deliberative rationality and verbalization of protest, on the one hand, and "musicalization" of revolt and globalization of the rebellious feeling attitude, on the other hand. Findings: The meaning of the so-called "musicalization of revolt" is defined. This phenomenon emerged, in France, at the end of 1960s, after a long and traditional period of "politization" and rationalization of protest. The main sociological and economic dimensions of this new historical process are designated: a special standardization of the emotional expression and a transcultural and global matrix of rebellion. Then, the public policy of EAPM is examined in depth. The paradox of the French voluntarism (the regulation of EAPM practices) is accentuated. What to do with the liberal origin of these styles and the institutional policy that began in 1982? Why and for what reasons has this public policy been still going on? What are the advantages of the public support from musicians' as well as local and national authorities' point of view? What are the topics of EAPM public policy (support for social creation, status of drugs, and ritualization of violence)? Originality/value of power: This academic text offers some key concepts explaining the normalization of the emerging and anarchistic musical cultures.
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Jean-Marie Seca. The Policy of Electro-Amplified Popular Music in France: the Liberal Context and the Regulation of Rebellious Cultures. Mathieu Dehem (éd). Music and Law, Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, Volume 18, Emerald/The JAI Press, pp.103-127, 2013, 1521-6136. ⟨10.1108/S1521-6136(2013)0000018008⟩. ⟨halshs-02967317⟩

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