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The Cultural Study of Music

A Critical Introduction, 2nd Edition

Edited by Martin Clayton, Trevor Herbert, Richard Middleton


458 pages

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What is the relationship between music and culture? The first edition of The Cultural Study of Music: A Critical Introduction explored this question with groundbreaking rigor and breadth. Now this second edition refines that original analysis while examining the ways the field has developed in the years since the book’s initial publication. Including contributions from scholars of music, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, and psychology, this anthology provides a comprehensive introduction to the study of music and culture. It includes both pioneering theoretical essays and exhaustively researched case studies on particular issues in world musics. For the second edition, the original essays have been revised and nine new chapters have been added, covering themes such as race, religion, geography, technology, and the politics of music. With an even broader scope and a larger roster of world-renowned contributors, The Cultural Study of Music is certain to remain a canonical text in the field of cultural musicology.


"The strength of the text is its breadth of analysis: the essays are brief, pithy, and thought-provoking. Recommended." --Choice

Table of Contents

Introduction: Music Studies and the Idea of Culture Richard Middleton Part 1: When? Musical Histories 1. Music and Biocultural Evolution Ian Cross 2. Music and Culture: Historiographies of Disjuncture, Ethnographies of Displacement Philip V. Bohlman 3. Historical Musicology: Is It Still Possible? Rob C. Wegman 4. Social History and Music History Trevor Herbert 5. Musicology, Anthropology, History Gary Tomlinson Part 2: Where? Locations of Music 6. Textual Analysis or Thick Description? Jeff Todd Titon 7. Comparing Music, Comparing Musicology Martin Clayton 8. The Destiny of “Diaspora” in Ethnomusicology Mark Slobin 9. Globalization and the Politics of World Music Martin Stokes 10. Contesting Difference: A Critique of Africanist Ethnomusicology Kofi Agawu 11. What a Difference a Name Makes: Two Instances of African-American Popular Music David Brackett 12. Music, Space, and Place: The Geography of Music Adam Krims 13. Music and Everyday Life Simon Frith Part 3: How? Processes, Practices, and Institutions of Music 14. Music, Culture, and Creativity Jason Toynbee 15. Musical Autonomy Revisited David Clarke 16. Music as Performance Nick Cook 17. The Cultural Study of Musical Instruments Kevin Dawe 18. Music Education, Cultural Capital, and Social Group Identity Lucy Green 19. Music Technology, or Technologies of Music? Bennett Hogg 20. Music and Material Culture Will Straw Part 4: Whose? Social Forces and Musical Belongings 21. Music and Social Categories John Shepherd 22. Music and Mediation: Toward a New Sociology of Music Antoine Hennion 23. Music and the Social Georgina Born 24. Locating the People: Music and the Popular Richard Middleton 25. Music and the Market: The Economics of Music in the Modern World Dave Laing 26. Music, Sound, and Religion Jeffers Engelhardt 27. Music, Race, and the Fields of Public Culture Ronald Radano 28. Music, Gender, and Sexuality Fred E. Maus Part 5: Who? Musical subjectivities 29. What’s Going On: Music, Psychology, and Ecological Theory Eric F. Clarke 30. Musical Materials, Perception, and Listening Nicola Dibben 31. Music, Experience, and the Anthropology of Emotion Ruth Finnegan 32. Towards a Political Aesthetics of Music David Hesmondhalgh 33. Music and the Subject: Three Takes John Mowitt 34. Of Mice and Dogs: Music, Gender, and Sexuality at the Long Fin de Siècle Ian Biddle 35. Subjectivity Unbound: Music, Language, Culture Lawrence Kramer

About the Editors

Martin Clayton is Professor of Ethnomusicology at Durham University.

Trevor Herbert is Professor of Music at The Open University.

Richard Middleton is Emeritus Professor of Music at Newcastle University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture