Advisor

Leslie A. Rill

Date of Award

1-1-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication

Department

Communication

Physical Description

1 online resource (v, 125 pages)

Subjects

Music scenes, Localization, Local identity, Popular music -- Oregon -- Portland -- History and criticism, Music and globalization, Portland (Or.) -- Social life and customs, Group identity -- Oregon -- Portland

DOI

10.15760/etd.314

Abstract

This study explores the Portland music scene as a context in which local identity is constructed and communicated in a globalized world. Specifically, neo-localism is utilized as a theoretical lens through which the impacts of globalization were explored. Portland bands (n=8) were interviewed concerning their experiences in the local music scene. The results showed that participants conceptualized local identity as being 1) based in community, 2) culturally saturated and 3) connected to musical production. Further, results showed that participants were increasingly aware of this local identity, were aware of a global perception of this local identity and were aware of other local identities. Overall the results from this study support neo-localism as a useful conceptual lens for understanding local identity for Portland bands.

Description

Portland State University. Dept. of Communication

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/7080

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