Music as Social Text

Music as Social Text

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The study of music in its social context has expanded rapidly over the last 15 years, yet little of this work discusses the music itself: the processes, textures and structures of sound which so powerfully affects us as individuals. "Music as Social Text" begins by analysing the forces which have made this kind of discussion difficult within the intellectual tradition of the western world. The book argues that a society in which reality is grasped in an overwhelmingly visual way has difficulty with expression that is non-designative in its use of sound.show more

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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 13 figures, diagrams
  • 0745608264
  • 9780745608266

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..". the appearance of this important book is both timely and significant... a text which is ambitious, theoretically innovative, and immensely stimulating." Sociology, February 1992. . "undoubtedly rich and suggestive book." Music and Letters .show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Music as Social Knowledge: music premises; the inadequacy of psychological theories; the post-renaissance, industrial world; the blocks against a social theory. Part 2 Music as social text: meaning in music; functional tonality - a basis for musical hegemony; the analysis of popular music - class, generation and ethnicity; music and male hegemony; music, text and subjectivity. Part 3 musical sociality and musicology: musicology and popular music studies; towards a musicology of society.show more

About John Shepherd

He is the co-author of Whose Music? A Sociology of Musical Languages (Latimer, 1977) and author of Tin Pan Alley (R. K. P. 1982)show more

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