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date: 23 May 2019

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This chapter examines the ways in which music acts as political communication and plays an important role in politics. It notes that the contemporary study of political communication has tended to overlook the role that sound plays and provides an account of the ways in which music has been associated with political communication through protest, propaganda, and resistance. The chapter then explains how music can be understood to communicate politics and discusses how political communication scholars might study music’s role in the public sphere and civic engagement. It concludes by arguing that sound should be featured more prominently in political communication research than it is currently.

Keywords: music, Theodor Adorno, protest music, Robert Putnam, First Amendment, social movements, propaganda, resistance, Richard Wagner, Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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