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Music Moves Europe: The Effects of EU Music Policy on European Identity Formation in Europe’s Music Sector
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

European cultural policy has long been entangled with the EU’s desire to promote a sense of European identity among its citizens. For decades, cultural programs have often had the explicit goal of fostering European identity. This thesis examines this link between cultural policy and identity formation by zooming in on the music sector. Through researching EU policy related to music, this thesis uncovers its potential effects on identity formation, especially for those most directly affected by it: music sector professionals. Making use of interviews and thorough literature research, the concept of European identity is investigated and factors influencing European identification are determined. By applying these findings to cultural and music policy, it is established that many of the policies contain mechanisms that have been proven to correlate with European identification. In order to apply this knowledge in a real-world setting, this thesis then turns to a case study involving a prominent European festival closely linked with EU music policy (Eurosonic Noorderslag). Through participatory observation, the festival’s functions for the music sector as well as its narratives are explored. This exploration leads to the conclusion that the processes by which music policy is reified within the festival provides additional incentives for European identity formation. Still, the length and complexity of processes of identity formation should not be underestimated, and music policy, despite its potential, should therefore not be viewed as a panacea.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
Europe; European Commission; identity; identity formation; European identity; music; culture; cultural policy; festival
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-387358OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-387358DiVA, id: diva2:1328615
Subject / course
Euroculture
Educational program
Master Programme in Euroculture
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Available from: 2019-06-29 Created: 2019-06-22 Last updated: 2019-06-29Bibliographically approved

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