Globalization and Musical Hierarchy in the United States, France, Germany, and the Netherlands

  • Vaughn Schmutz
  • Timothy J. Dowd
Part of the Sociology of the Arts book series (SOA)


This chapter builds on comparative research on shifting cultural hierarchies and cultural globalization by considering changes in the musical field in the United States, France, Germany, and the Netherlands from 1955 to 2005. Using newspaper coverage in the four countries as an indicator, we consider the extent to which there is an increasingly global orientation to musical actors over time. Amid globalization, newspaper coverage of classical music was resilient to change, remaining highly focused on European musical actors. By contrast, popular music is in much greater flux since 1955 with a heightened focus on American and Anglophone musical actors. Our findings highlight the complex relationship between domestic and transnational fields of music as well as the role of media attention in processes of cultural globalization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vaughn Schmutz
    • 1
  • Timothy J. Dowd
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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