Popular Music As Vehicle Of Popular Culture

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POPULAR MUSIC AS VEHICLE OF POPULAR CULTURE,
WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO CONTEMPORARY MIZO CULTURE

By Lalven Sanga

INTRODUCTION

The rapid growth of communication and development of media brought about changes to the human culture and societies. The study of culture is more complex than ever before. Richard H. Robbins says,

“In cultural anthropology, as in every science, we strive to look beyond the world of everyday experiences to discover the patterns and meanings that lie behind that world.”

What lies behind the force and development of contemporary culture of the Mizo - how popular music can serve as an elements or a sub culture of the global popular culture, is what I seek to find here. Due to the advancement of technologies and mass communication system that reaches almost every corner of Mizoram, it is important to research on the media that is significant to the Mizo culture. In this research, I look at the backgrounds, definitions, anthropological approaches for my thesis, and how popular music and popular culture interacts in Mizo culture.

I. DIMENSION OF CROSS-CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY AND POPULAR MUSIC

Ted C. Lewis says,

“The emerging anthropology of globalization represents a convergence of a number of interlinked changes in the anthropologist’s scholarship, especially in subject matter, theory, the conceptualization of culture, and the ways that data are collected and analyzed.”

Traditional anthropology focus and look on the effects of globalization on
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