From Inhibition to Commitment: politics in the Czech Underground
EastBound Journal of Media Studies
MOKK Media Research,Department of Sociology and Communications,Department of Sociology and Communications, and Center for Media and Communication Studies (CMCS), Central European University
This article takes the case of the Czech Underground in normalized Czechoslovakia and contemporary Czech Republic as fertile ground for understanding conditions and configurations of disposition formation. By examining mediators of musical practice and technologies of self, I attempt to show how Undergrounders constitute and maintain a web of dispositions, their durability and transference. I consider how members of the Underground understood the post-1968 communist regime as “establishment” by examining a widely distributed samizdat text and considering its mediating, furnishing effects. I take into account how constraints of establishment came to reveal political moments and how the Underground used music as a “problem-solving” mechanism. “The political” remains problematized and reconceptualized as something that emerges thru everyday experiences, which among other things, uses music as a medium for configuring, thinking about and achieving a relational state of being.
3 ed., Vol. Popular Music in Eastern Europe, pp. 2 - 34