Music, Space, And Music

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The two essays that are being analyzed are “Music, Space, Identity: Geographies of Youth Culture in Bangalore” by Arun Saldanha published in the journal Cultural Studies, as well as “Feeling the Noise: Teenagers, Bedrooms, and Music” by Sian Lincoln in the journal Leisure Studies (see abstract). Both essays adopt the critical approach of cultural studies, and focus on similar key concepts like music, space, and youth culture. I selected these two essays because they had parallel focuses, but exemplified them in different ways. Lincoln is more concerned with youth culture and how music is used in various ways to shape space (bedroom) and creation of the self, while Saldanha exemplifies these concepts through global youth in Bangalore and their relationship with space and western music.
Despite the numerous approaches used in both Lincoln and Saldanha’s essays, the overarching critical approach is cultural studies. Although hard to define exactly, “cultural studies is, of course, the study of culture, or, more particularly, the study of contemporary culture” (During 1). It is focused on articulating an aspect, or criticism of culture at a specific point in time, rather than an absolute study of culture. This is known as “‘conjunctural knowledge” – knowledge situated in, and applicable to, specific and immediate political or historical circumstances” (During 97). To do so, cultural studies concentrate on the multiple, dynamic forces that affect culture, like economics,
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