Lives in Music: Mobility and Change in a Global Context, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Lives in Music

Mobility and Change in a Global Context, 1st Edition

Edited by Sara Le Menestrel


277 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138358706
pub: 2020-03-25
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Lives in Music analyses interwoven patterns of mobility, change, and power in music and dance practices.

It challenges some commonly accepted conceptual tools that are ubiquitous in anthropology today, including cultural hybridity, transnational networks, and globalization. Based on seven "itineraries" that are the result of extensive ethnographic long-term field research efforts, the processes of geographic and social mobility, transformation, and power relative to music and dance practices are explored in different parts of the world. Seven writers provide "itineraries" constructed through ethnographic techniques and life histories and supported by a deep knowledge of local customs.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Life Story of the Volume 2. The Life story as method 3. The life story as Construction Part 1 – Seven Singular Itineraries 1. "Olivier Araste: Ancestors, Memory, and a Career as a Maloya Musician" 2. "From Tulear to France: Damily--A Tsapiky Musician from Madagascar" 3. "Lori, Linda, Andrea… The Journeys of Three French Louisiana Music Transplants" 4. "The Sense of Belonging--or Not--to a Transnational Network: Performers and Promoters of Afro-Cuban Music and Dance in Veracruz, Mexico" 5. "Ahmad Wahdan:  Maestro Among the Frenzied Streets of Cairo" 6. "From Milonguero to Professor: Inventing a Trade" 7. "A Bass-player Hits the Road" Part II. From Singulars to Plural 1. Circulations 2. Changes in status and catégorizations 3. From "Métissage" to Adjustments CONCLUSION

About the Editor

Sara Le Menestrel is a cultural anthropologist with the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris (CNRS) at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Ethnomusicology

Routledge Studies in Ethnomusicology is dedicated to expanding the field of ethnomusicology with innovative studies and edited collections. Publishing new, cutting-edge research into our global music heritage, the series will concentrate on area studies from all corners of the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology