This article is a critical examination of ostensibly multicultural music for concert bands. Using Bourdieu’s concept of symbolic violence, I argue that “multicultural” band music, while celebrating diversity and inclusion, actually do the opposite—they are instead, created and used as tools that reproduce stereotypes and racial tropes. This system— where the symbolically violent act of racial tropes are misrecognized as such and celebrated as lessons in diversity—helps reify and perpetuate racial inequalities in society.
"Mystery, Fire, and Intrigue Representation and Commodification of Race in Band Literature,"
Visions of Research in Music Education: Vol. 9, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lib.uconn.edu/vrme/vol9/iss1/8