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Real Men Kill and a Lady Never Talks Back: Gender Goes to War in Country Music

Pruitt, Lesley (2007) Real Men Kill and a Lady Never Talks Back: Gender Goes to War in Country Music. International Journal on World Peace, 24 (4). pp. 85-106. ISSN 0742-3640

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Abstract

Music can be a powerful medium for social change when artists use their songs to promote peace. But, this study shows that women anti-war celebrities are limited in their ability to affect social change by dominant gendered discourses connected to country music in the United States. The anti-war statements by men in the genre do not suffer the same kind of backlash women receive. This difference is examined using comparative discourse analysis for the Dixie Chicks, an all-female band, and Willie Nelson, a male singer-songwriter. This comparison demonstrates how the statements of country music artists who protest war are received differently based on their gender, and reveals how country music reflects public discourse and reinforces limited ideas of peace through promoting traditional views of gender.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID22517. peace, anti-war, protest songs, social change, gender, Dixie Chicks, Willie Nelson, country music, country musicians
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
FOR Classification > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2012 03:37
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2012 00:56
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7788
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