Portland State University. Department of Communication
Leslie A. Rill
Date of Publication
Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication
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
1 online resource (v, 125 pages)
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.
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Brain, Tyler James, "Examining the Portland Music Scene through Neo-localism" (2011). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 314.