Pop-Rock as Musical Cosmopolitanism


  • Motti Regev The Open University of Israel




cosmopolitanism, cultural globalization, pop-rock


Presenting the notion of musical cosmopolitanism, this position paper sets out to assert poprock music as its prominent manifestation. A characterization of the cultural realm of pop-rock music is followed by a discussion of three of its major dimensions: the logic of innovation and mainstreaming; the global proliferation of national scenes and fields of pop-rock; and the effect of pop-rock on bodies and sonic environments.

Author Biography

Motti Regev, The Open University of Israel

Motti Regev is a cultural sociologist. He has worked primarily on popular music and is now focusing on cultural cosmopolitanism. His books in English include Popular Music and National Culture in Israel (with Edwin
Seroussi; University of California Press, 2004) and Pop- Rock Music: Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism in Late Modernity (Polity, 2013). He is Professor of Sociology at the Open University of Israel.


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How to Cite

Regev, M. (2017). Pop-Rock as Musical Cosmopolitanism. Journal of World Popular Music, 4(2), 290–300. https://doi.org/10.1558/jwpm.34609



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