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Migration - Music and Politics

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First broadcast:
Wednesday 12 October 2011

Laurie Taylor explores new research that resonates in society. In the recent Arab Spring a Syrian singer has his vocal chords cut after singing at protest rallies. Forty years ago the Chilean musician Victor Jara had his hands chopped off before being murdered by government forces. In both cases, music was seen as challenging the power of a dictatorship. Thinking Allowed explores popular music as a threat to national security.John Street, Professor of Politics at the University of East Anglia joins Laurie to discuss a paper on the subject written by Thierry Cote, Research Associate at the York Center for International and Security Studies in Toronto, Canada

Laurie also looks at a new book co-authored by economist Professor Ian Goldin, a former Vice President of the World Bank, which examines the history, present and future of immigration and argues that, overall, immigration is essential for economic and cultural prosperity.

Producer. Chris Wilson.

  • Dr Ian Goldin

    Director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford, and Professor of Globalisation and Development

    Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future
    By Ian Goldin, Geoffrey Cameron and Meera Balarajan
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    ISBN-10: 0691145725
    ISBN-13: 978-0691145723

    Find out more about Ian Goldin
  • Thierry Côté

    Research Associate at the York University Center for International and Security Studies in Toronto, Canada

    Paper: Popular Musicians and Their Songs as Threats to National Security: A World Perspective
    The Journal of Popular Culture
    Volume 44, Issue 4, pages 732–754, August 2011
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5931.2011.00860.x

    Find out more about Thierry Côté
  • John Street

    Professor of Politics at the University of East Anglia

    Music and Politics
    Publisher: Polity Press
    ISBN-10: 074563544X
    ISBN-13: 978-0745635446

    Find out more about John Street


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    Thinking Allowed

    Laurie Taylor explores the latest research into how society works and discusses current ideas on how…

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