Music as Social Life
The Politics of Participation annotated edition
By (author) Thomas Turino
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Music as Social Life by Thomas Turino
Book DescriptionPeople around the world and throughout history have used music to express their inner emotions, reach out to the divine, woo lovers, celebrate weddings, inspire political movements, and lull babies to sleep. In "Music as Social Life", Thomas Turino explores why it is that music and dance are so often at the center of our most profound personal and social experiences.Turino begins by developing tools to think about the special properties of music and dance that make them fundamental resources for connecting with our own lives, our communities, and the environment. These concepts are then put into practice as he analyzes various musical examples among indigenous Peruvians, rural and urban Zimbabweans, and American old-time musicians and dancers. To examine the divergent ways that music can fuel social and political movements, Turino looks at its use by the Nazi Party and by the American civil rights movement. Wide-ranging, accessible to anyone with an interest in music's role in society, and accompanied by a compact disc, "Music as Social Life" is an illuminating initiation into the power of music.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226816982
(231mm x 163mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 17-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Thomas Turino
Nationalists, Cosmopolitans and Popular Music in Zimbabwe, Paperback (November 2000)View all books by Thomas Turino
This work focuses on the development of a unique style of music - combining the electric guitar with indigenous Shona music - that emerged in Zimbabwe during the 1980s. Turino examines this emergence of cosmopolitan culture among the black middle classes, and how it influenced politics.
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Author Biography - Thomas Turino
Thomas Turino is professor of musicology and anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Music in the Andes: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture; Moving Away from Silence: Music of the Peruvian Altiplano and the Experience of Urban Migration; and Nationalists, Cosmopolitans, and Popular Music in Zimbabwe.
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