Archive for the 'Ethnicity' Category
The present situation can be explained, almost clinically, as a sort of “mental AIDS.” Our present afflictions come from the virus of nihilism, which Nietzsche foresaw, and which has weakened all our natural defenses. Thus infected, Europeans have succumbed to a feverish self-extinction. They have voluntarily opened the city gates.
The primary symptom of this disease is “xenophilia: ” a systematic preference for the Other rather than for the Same. A second symptom is “ethnomasochism, ” a hatred of one’s own civilization and origins. A third is emasculation [dévirilisation] , or what might be called the cult of weakness and a preference for male homosexuality. Historically proven values associated with the use of force and a people’s survival — values associated with honour, loyalty, family, fertility, patriotism, the will to survive, etc. — are treated today as ridiculous shortcomings.
- Excerpt from a speech by, Guillaume Faye. Moscow, 2005
Ethnomusicology encompasses the study of music-making throughout the world, from the distant past to the present. Ethnomusicologists explore the ideas, activities, instruments, and sounds with which people create music.
European and Chinese classical musics, Cajun dance, Cuban son, hip hop, Nigerian juju, Javanese gamelan, Navajo ritual healing, and Hawaiian chant are a few examples of the many varieties of music-making examined in ethnomusicology. Ethnomusicology is interdisciplinary—many ethnomusicologists have a background not only in music but in such areas as anthropology, folklore, dance, linguistics, psychology, and history.
Ethnomusicologists generally employ the methods of ethnography in their research. They spend extended periods of time with a music community, observe and document what happens, ask questions, and sometimes learn to play the community’s types of music. Ethnomusicologists may also rely on archives, libraries, and museums for resources related to the history of music traditions. Sometimes ethnomusicologists help individuals and communities to document and promote their musical practices.
Most ethnomusicologists work as professors at colleges and universities, where they teach and carry out research. A significant number work with museums, festivals, archives, libraries, record labels, schools, and other institutions, where they focus on increasing public knowledge and appreciation of the world’s music. – Taken From ethnomusicology.org
An Integrative Evolutionary Perspective On Ethnicity
This paper integrates several different but mutually consistent evolutionary approaches to ethnicity: genetic similarity theory, social identity theory, individualism/collectivism, an evolved ‘human kinds’ module, and rational choice mechanisms relying on domain general cognitive mechanisms. These theories are consistent with each other, and together they illustrate the interplay of evolved cognitive and motivational systems with mechanisms of rational choice able to choose adaptive strategies in uncertain, novel environments.
Speech given at the “Nordic Festival / Nordiska Festivalen – 2008 ” Gothenburg, Sweden, Aug. 30, 2008
Dr. Tom Sunic
We start to wonder about our identity at the moment when we are about to lose it. Our fathers and our grandparents never asked questions about their identity; they never worried about it. They took for granted their affiliation to a given religion and to a given tribe or a people. It is with the rising tide of globalization, along with the waning of the traditional nation-state, and with the rising tide of multiculturalism and multiracialism that we start asking a question about who we are. The minute we raise the question of identity we start thinking about national identity.
But is this still really so today? How do we define our modern identity? Let us propose a couple of modern definitions that are onerous to Europeans.