1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Ethics and Research in Ethnomusicology

Edited By Jonathan P. J. Stock, Beverley Diamond Copyright 2023
    368 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    368 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Ethics and Research in Ethnomusicology is an in-depth survey of the moral challenges and imperatives of conducting research on people making music. It focuses on fundamental and compelling ethical questions that have challenged and shaped both the history of this discipline and its current practices. In 26 representative cases from across a broad spectrum of geographical, societal, and musical environments, authors collectively reflect on the impacts of ethnomusicological research, exploring the ways our work may instantiate privilege or risk bringing harm, as well as the means that are available to provide recognition, benefit, and reciprocation to the musicians and others who contribute to our studies. In a world where differing ethical values are often in conflict, and where music itself is meanwhile a powerful tool in projecting moral claims, we aim to uncover the conditions and consequences of the ethical choices we face as ethnomusicologists, thereby contributing to building a more engaged, restructured discipline and a more globally responsible music studies. The volume comprises four parts: (1) sound practices and philosophies of ethics; (2) fieldwork encounters; (3) environment, trauma, collaboration; and (4) research in public domains.





    1 Ethics in Ethnomusicological Research: Historical Perspectives, Emergent Challenges

    Jonathan P. J. Stock

    PART I: Sound Practices and Philosophies of Ethics

    2 Introduction: Sound Practices and Philosophies of Ethics

    Beverley Diamond

    3 Some Precepts Taught by Two Cree Elders and Their Implications for Talking about Music

    Carl Urion

    4 Ethical Responsiveness at the Intersection of Critical Indigenous Studies and Music Scholarship

    Monique Giroux

    5 Double the Danger in Writing: Toward Feminist and Decolonial Response-Abilities in Ethnomusicology

    Elizabeth Mackinlay

    6 Music as Ethics in an American Intentional Community

    Andy McGraw

    7 Empathy, Compassion, and Cultural Intimacy

    Martin Stokes

    8 Music and the Immorality of Ethnography

    Benjamin R. Teitelbaum

    PART II: Fieldwork Encounters

    9 Introduction: Fieldwork Encounters

    Jonathan P. J. Stock

    10 White Caste Supremacy and Dis/connection in Fieldwork Encounters

    Stefan Fiol

    11 Standing with: Ethnomusicologists as Industry Colleagues in the Field

    Ioannis Tsioulakis

    12 Ethnographic Fieldwork and the Safeguarding of the Indigenous Shona Mbira Music Heritage of Zimbabwe: Ethical Issues Revisited

    Perminus Matiure

    13 Don’t Be Like the Jebarra: Reconsidering the Ethics of Ethnomusicological Practice in an Indigenous Australian Context

    Sally Treloyn and Rona Goonginda Charles

    14 Good Research versus Ethical Participation at Muslim Women’s Ceremonies in Iran

    Mohammad Reza Azadehfar and Fatemeh Mirtaheri

    15 Becoming Family: A Female Ethnomusicologist Contemplates Fieldwork in Central Asia

    Razia Sultanova

    16 “I Hope God Blesses You with a Beautiful Wife”: Negotiating Heteronormative Research Spaces as a Gay Man

    Jared Mackley-Crump

    PART III : Environment, Trauma, Collaboration

    17 Introduction: Environment, Trauma, Collaboration

    Jonathan P. J. Stock

    18 Ethical Considerations for Ethnomusicologists in the Midst of Environmental Crisis

    Jeff Todd Titon

    19 Mining for Music: Ethical Entanglements in Lihir, Papua New Guinea

    Kirsty Gillespie

    20 Between the Cracks: Navigating Trauma as an Ethnomusicologist

    Rebecca Dirksen

    21 Collaborative Video-Making with Young Women in Ethiopia: Responding to Violence, Exploring Challenges, Demonstrating Resistance

    Leila Qashu

    22 Ethics vs. Ethnic Issues: Negotiating a Fieldworker’s Status in Xinjiang

    Mu Qian

    23 Arts, Organizations, and Ethnomusicology: Ethical Considerations in the Contexts of Health and Development Work

    Kathleen J. Van Buren

    PART IV: Research in Public Domains

    24 Introduction: Research in Public Domains

    Beverley Diamond

    25 “The West and the Rest”: Power (Im)Balances in Musical Museum Spaces

    Kathleen Wiens

    26 Unsettling the Score: The Case of Naačnaača

    Jeremy Strachan

    27 Ethical Dimensions in Ethnomusicology for Policy

    Simon McKerrell

    28 Images beyond Consent: Developing an Ethics of Cine-Ethnomusicology

    Benjamin J. Harbert

    29 “A Week from Now, Will I Remember? Maybe…Maybe Not”: Navigating Ethics in the Production of Student-Made Films about Music and Dementia

    Jennie Gubner

    PART V: Afterword

    30 Afterword: Complicating the Conversation about Ethics in the Pluriverse

    Beverley Diamond



    Jonathan P. J. Stock is Professor of Music at University College Cork.

    Beverley Diamond is Professor Emerita at Memorial University of Newfoundland.