How classical music is embedded in a cultural public sphere?


  • Juan Wang Oxford University



Classical music, Cultural public sphere, Habermas


Classical music as a special form of culture has been widely defined within an ideological and social sphere in people’s everyday life. A particular form of power structure has encouraged individual musicians or music events organisers to re-think the relationship between the governmental structure and individual agencies within the local music sphere. It has become clear that musical exercise is not simply invented by individual musicians or individual music organisations, but through their political cultural sphere and through society. This paper discusses the nature of democracy over classical music and explores classical music in the context of cultural public sphere by theoretically reflecting the notion of public sphere by Habermas, and argues that the policy for classical music is all about bringing democracy to the local public, but, on the other hand, the local public still have concerns on whether local government really takes the necessary steps to make democracy widely available for all forms of music organisations and for everybody in the cultural sphere. The papers also discusses how the culture democracy exercise at a local music level, and explores that music education policy system together with an effective musical education curriculum should also play a positive role in addressing such concerns.


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Biografia do Autor

Juan Wang, Oxford University

Dr. Juan Wang is currently a research associate of International Gender Studies Centre at Oxford University. She has been trained as a pianist from a young age, and developed a strong passion for classical music. This passion has led her to further engage with research into classical music. She obtained her MA in Education and PhD in Sociology from Nottingham University in the UK. Following her PhD, Dr. Wang has worked as a researcher with the Director of International Gender Studies Centre on a DFID-funded project -'Women's Empowerment in Muslim Contexts (WEMC)' at the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID), Queen Elizabeth House at Oxford University. 

Dr. Wang has held senior tutor position at Hugh Stewart Hall at Nottingham University, and also served as a visiting lecturer at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. She has published over 15 journal articles and conference papers in the areas of ethnomusicology, cultural sociology and gender studies. She currently serves as a journal referee for International Journal of Journalism and Mass Communication (Premier Publishers), and the Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (Oxford University Press). Her recent research activities involve writing and publishing a book entitled “Governmentality and Public Sphere in Cultural Policy Studies” (Lambert Publisher, Saarbrücken, ISBN-13: 978-3848489718), and giving an invited lecture on “Theoretical and Empirical Reflection in Creative and Cultural Industry” in Shenzhen Graduate School of Harbin Institute of Technology, and Arts Forum of the China 11th (Shenzhen) International Culture Industries Fair in 2015.


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WANG, J. How classical music is embedded in a cultural public sphere?. Música Hodie, Goiânia, v. 17, n. 2, p. 112–120, 2018. DOI: 10.5216/mh.v17i2.46860. Disponível em: Acesso em: 22 maio. 2024.