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Lecture 22

PHL105Y5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 22: Chauvinism, Ethnocentrism


Department
Philosophy
Course Code
PHL105Y5
Professor
Diana Raffman
Lecture
22

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LECT: NOV 18TH 2015
SING THE BLUES PAPER
Question of authenticity
White musicians cannot play the blues in an authentic way
(ethnocentrism) A form of racial chauvinism about a certain
genre
Sing is going to cover everything as to perform, compose,
(everything a composer may have to do)
Who owns the blues? (proprietarily argument)
ONLY the group who owns the blues can authentically
perform and compose it (African American)
Experiential access argument
The situation the slaves were in was very constrained so
the only way of communicating among themselves were
expressed through these songs
If you are not a slave or a slave descendent you don’t
know enough of what is like to be a slave and thus
Ethnocentric says This group thus owns the style
A big gap between origination of a style to ownership of said
style.
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