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Kultura jako aktywizm. Protest song Młynarskiego, kultura liberalna i zaangażowanie
Culture as activism. Młynarski’s protest song, liberal culture and civic engagement

Author(s): Jarosław Płuciennik
Subject(s): Music, Polish Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Keywords: culture; activism; protest song; Młynarski Wojciech; songs of inspirations; ethics; liberal education; creative thinking; civic engagement; enlightenment
Summary/Abstract: The author of the article aims at the description and outlining of a concept of culture as activism. The author, to clarify this concept, first considers a concept of the protest-song genre as in the example of “Róbmy swoje” (in Polish) by Wojciech Młynarski. It seems that the very title of this song indicates activity or even hard work, but the matter is a more complex meaning in the construction of its depicted world. After delineating a few characteristics of the protest song, the author points to the affinity of Młynarski’s work with songs that are edifying, that fit in the spirit of religious rapture. Next, in the sketch of Młynarski’s work, the author points to elements that coincide with the project of liberal education, which emphasises values such as creative thinking and civic engagement. Finally, the author also emphasises the convergence of ethics and education understood in this way from the unfinished enlightenment project and the specific concept of culture as nurturing and cultivation.