"Pulitzer Kenny" and the Culture of Classical Music: A Study of Cultural Prizes, Controversy, and a Capital-Based Alternative to Musical Value
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This thesis examines the controversy surrounding the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music, which was presented to Kendrick Lamar’s album DAMN. This was the first time a hip-hop album had been awarded the predominantly classical prize, drawing both support and opposition. By awarding this prize, the Pulitzer has placed Kendrick Lamar and hip-hop music into a classical music culture which is ill-equipped to understand it. This clash of musical cultures necessitates a discussion of value systems in music; such value systems are typically understood in terms of classical music alone. In order to gain a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics at play between these two cultures, a more inclusive analytical framework needs to be developed. I suggest capital as an alternative to existing systems of value. Symbolic capital, as outlined by Pierre Bourdieu, allows us to trace the connections of influence between different musical cultures. Additionally, the work of James F. English on cultural prizes presents a framework for building theoretical capital exchanges. In these exchanges, capital is converted from one field to another, connecting different cultures and creating more capital. By expanding this framework to other domains of culture, I find that controversy is a tool used by cultural organizations and other entities to increase the replication and accumulation of capital.
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