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Cultural SustainabilitiesMusic, Media, Language, Advocacy$
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Timothy J. Cooley

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042362

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042362.001.0001

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Sounding Sustainable; or, The Challenge of Sustainability

Sounding Sustainable; or, The Challenge of Sustainability

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(p.43) Chapter 4 Sounding Sustainable; or, The Challenge of Sustainability
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Cultural Sustainabilities
Author(s):
Timothy J. Cooley
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042362.003.0005

This critique of sustainability is intended to improve cultural sustainability advocacy in ecomusicology, sound studies, and music. The idea of sustainability is expanded in four ways: first, by acknowledging the challenge of sustainability, getting past basic meanings of “endure,” and using sustainability more robustly in its meanings of “change”; second, by arguing for the foundational role of nature / environmental studies; third, by understanding sustainability as a lens rather than a goal, noun, or verb; and fourth, by arguing for aesthetics as an important addition to three-part sustainability theories. Through the lens of a change-oriented, environment-based sustainability, music and sound studies scholars can demonstrate how listeners and musicians value sounds and therefore cultural actions that exist in ethically charged contexts.

Keywords:   aesthetics, critique, ecomusicology, environmental studies, ethics, sustainability theory, sound studies

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