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Other research product . Other ORP type . 2020

Love, music and coronavirus

Velasco-Pufleau, Luis;
English
Published: 16 Mar 2020
Publisher: HAL CCSD
Country: France
Abstract

All responses to an epidemic crisis are political. At the beginning of February 2020, at the heart of the coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan, the authoritarian Chinese regime massively broadcast the humanitarian song “Believe Love Will Win”. The stated aim of the song was to emotionally support those engaged in the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, presenting them as heroes of the Chinese nation. However, the making and broadcasting of a humanitarian song means that politics has failed. What is the reason for this? Humanitarian songs have an important place in the depoliticization of responses to crises, constructing representations and shaping official narratives. The songs and the discourses that accompany them conceal the historical and geopolitical depth of humanitarian crises by transforming political issues into moral questions.

Subjects

Covid-19, Music and Propaganda, Humanitarian songs, Music and Politics, Music and Emotions, China, [SHS.MUSIQ]Humanities and Social Sciences/Musicology and performing arts, [SHS.HIST]Humanities and Social Sciences/History, [SHS.SCIPO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Political science

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