The Rise of Individualistic Values, Social Change, Popular Culture, and Depoliticization: Challenge to Music Education

Wai Chung HO*

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Abstract

In the face of rapid social, political, and economic changes since the 1978 Open Door Policy, popular culture, in the form of values and ideological struggles, has played a key role in China’s experience of social transformation and market economy. This chapter will explore three major areas by providing an account of social change, value change, and modernization in the ever-changing learning society; an examination of China’s youth and the rise of individualistic values toward modernization and economic reforms in the past three decades; and a study of popular culture in reconstructing the nation’s approach to school music education. Through select song materials, this chapter will examine the challenges to realizing programmatic curricula in music classrooms through the integration of personal ideals into the school music curriculum in respect to the promotion of happiness and freedom, as well as the cultivation of personal dreams.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages155-193
Number of pages39
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameCultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education
Volume7
ISSN (Print)2345-7708

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Depoliticization
  • Individualistic values
  • New curriculum reform
  • Popular culture
  • Popular songs
  • Power of dreams
  • Social change
  • Song teaching materials

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