African Music and Politics: Negotiating Violence in South African Popular Music
The subproject studies interrelations between political violence and popular music. It anal-yses musical, textual and bodily thematizations of political violence in popular music and its political utilizations. The core of the empirical work consists in a total of 15 months of eth-nographic research in South Africa, including interviews, observations, and archive research. The analysis follows Grounded Theory principles. The two other working areas address theo-retical and conceptual consequences for the sociology of violence and political sociology, as well as interconnections between recent dynamics of stratifications in South Africa and mu-sical preferences.