Journal article

Composing on Commission: Entrepreneurship and the Changing Social Basis of Popular Music Collaboration in Postsocialist Tirana, Albania

N Tochka

Culture, Theory and Critique | Informa UK Limited | Published : 2014

Abstract

Since the 1990s, economic reforms in postsocialist Albania have reorganised the social basis of popular music production. Administered within a state-subsidised economy during socialism, production has been transformed by the penetration of economic capital into relations between composers and singers. This essay analyses how composers conceptualise and manage their careers in order to examine more broadly how neoliberalism contributes to the reshaping of artistic subjectivities in one postsocialist context. Celebrated locally as a withdrawal of government, the postsocialist state's desubsidisation of popular music has, I argue, shifted new obligations for self-government on to agents. In pu..

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