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978-0-7190-3224-0 / 9780719032240

Sounds and Society: Themes in the Sociology of Music (Music & Society)

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Publisher:Manchester University Press

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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In this pioneering new book, Dr Martin presents a lively and accessible introduction to the social analysis of music.

Dr Martin argues that musical meaning must be understood as socially constructed, rather than inherent, and that the notion of a correspondence between social and musical structures is highly problematic. An alternative approach, based on the social action pespective is outlined, and the book concludes with a discussion of the social situation of music in advanced capitalist society. Along the way, leading thinkers are introduced: Adorno, Weber and Schntz as well as, more recently, John Shepherd and the feminist musicologists. The book draws on studies spanning the whole spectrum of Western music - rock bands to symphony orchestras, medieval plainchant to avant-garde jazz and concludes with a discussion of the social situation of music in advanced capitalist society.

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