Social networks are critical for the creation and consumption of music. This edited collection, Social Networks and Music Worlds, introduces students and scholars of music in society to the core concepts and tools of social network analysis. The collection showcases the use of these tools by sociologists, historians and musicologists, examining a variety of distinct 'music worlds', including post-punk, jazz, rap, folk, classical music, Ladyfest and the world of 'open mic' performances, on a number of different scales (local, national and international). In addition to their overarching Introduction, the editors offer a very clear and detailed introduction to the methodology of social network analysis for the uninitiated.
The collection builds upon insights from canonic texts in the sociology of music, with the crucial innovation of examining musical network interaction via formal methods. With network analysis in the arts and humanities at an emergent stage, Social Networks and Music Worlds highlights its possibilities for non-scientists. Contributions hail from leading and emerging scholars who present social network graphs and data to represent different music worlds, locating individuals, resources and styles within them.
The collection sits at the nexus of sociological, musicological and cultural studies traditions. Its range should ensure a large scholarly readership.
"The book amply shows the numerous methodological possibilities for the analysis of cultural fields through SNA. One undoubted merit is the broad use of mixed method research strategies. In fact almost all the chapters use more than one analytical approach, including, besides SNA, interviews, archival documents, on-line survey, ethnography, longitudinal data analysis and traditional descriptive statistics."
Andrea Gallelli, University of Bologna
1. Introduction - Nick Crossley, Siobhan McAndrew, Paul Widdop 2. What is Social Network Analysis? - Nick Crossley, Siobhan McAndrew, Paul Widdop 3. Totally Wired: the Network of Structure of Post-Punk Worlds of Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, 1976-1980 - Nick Crossley 4. Symbolic versus Commercial Success among British Female Composers - Siobhan McAndrew and Martin Everett 5. Music Consumption: Networks and Omnivorism - Paul Widdop 6. Between Social Worlds and Local Scenes: Patterns of Collaboration in Francophone Rap Music - Karim Hammou 7. Embracing Difference in Feminist Music Worlds: a Ladyfest case study - Susan O’Shea 8. The Enabling Qualities of Manchester’s Open Mic Network - Tim Edensor, Paul Hepburn and Nigel Richards 9. Exploring music careers: music graduates and early career trajectories in UK - Roberta Comunian, Alessandra Faggian, and Sarah Jewell 10. Tastes, Ties and Social Space: Exploring Sheffield’s Folk Singing World - Fay Hield and Nick Crossley 11. The Jazz World - Siobhan McAndrew, Paul Widdop, and Rachel Stevenson