Music and the Sociological Gaze
Art Worlds and Cultural Production
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Music and the Sociological Gaze by Peter J. Martin
Book DescriptionIn this important new book, Peter J. Martin explores the interface between musicological and sociological approaches to the analysis of music, and in doing so reveals the differing foundations of cultural studies and sociological perspectives more generally. Building on the arguments of his earlier book Sounds and society, Dr Martin initially contrasts text-based attempts to develop a 'social' analysis of music with sociological studies of musical activities in real cultural and institutional contexts. It is argued that the difficulties encountered by some of the 'new' musicologists in their efforts to introduce a social dimension to their work are often a result of their unfamiliarity with contemporary sociological discourse. Just as linguistic studies have moved from a concern with the meaning of words to a focus on how they are used, a sociological perspective directs our attention towards the ways in which the production and reception of music inevitably involve the collaborative activities of real people in particular times and places.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780719072178
(216mm x 138mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter J. Martin
Human Agents and Social Structures, Paperback (January 2010)
This is a deliberately polemical intervention into the structure/agency debate in the social sciences. It argues that central concepts in this debate - such as 'society' and the 'individual' - have been widely misconceived, and that progress in the social sciences will only occur if the real nature of the social world is respected.
Understanding Classical Sociology, Paperback (March 2003)
This is a fully updated and expanded new edition of the successful undergraduate text. Providing a lucid examination of the pivotal theories of Marx, Durkheim and Weber, the authors submit that these figures have decisively shaped the discipline.
Sounds and Society, Paperback (October 1996)» View all books by Peter J. Martin
In this introduction to the social analysis of music, the author argues that musical meaning must be understood as socially constructed, rather than inherent. The text draws on studies spanning the whole spectrum of Western music - rock bands to symphony orchestras, medieval plainchant to jazz.
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Author Biography - Peter J. Martin
Peter J. Martin is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester
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