The Idiocy of Rural Life: Boerenrock, the Rural Debate and the Uses of Identity
Author: Klumpenhouwer, Henry
Source: Critical Studies, Music Popular Culture Identities. Edited by Richard Young , pp. 137-163(27)
Abstract:Boerenrock (Farmers Rock) is a tradition of contemporary Dutch mass music sung in regional dialect. In light of its fundamental themes, this essay examines Boerenrock as a piece of generalized ideology and as a local and restricted cultural production. In so doing, it concentrates on the music of Normaal, the most important and successful Boerenrock group over the last twenty-five years, examining cer tain structural features of their music and its associated textual themes in order to discuss both the true and false aspects of expressed regional boer identity. At the same time, special reference is made to the recent Dutch political debate about the future of the city and the countryside, a debate that has been generally connected by considering urban and rural development as distinct and separable problems. These developments are viewed against the background of Marx's understanding of urban and rural relations, not simply as competing styles of living, but as par ticular expressions within capitalism of different dynamics involving property- and production-relations and the historical trajectory of these dynamics.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1 August 2002
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