1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Music and Migration Theories and Methodologies

    576 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Music and Migration: Theories and Methodologies is a progressive, transdisciplinary paradigm-shifting core text for music and migration studies. Conceptualized as a comprehensive methodological and theoretical guide, it foregrounds the mobile potentials of music and presents key arguments about why musical expressions matter in the discussion of migration politics.

    24 international specialists in music and migration set methodological and theoretical standards for transdisciplinary collaborations in the field of migration studies, discussing 41 keywords, such as mobility, community, research ethics, human rights, and critical whiteness in the context of music and migration. The authors then apply these terms to 16 chapters, which deal with ethnomusicological, musicological, sociological, anthropological, geographical, pedagogical, political, economic, and media-related methodologies and theories which reflect and contest current discourses of migration. In their interdisciplinary focus, these chapters advance interrelations between music and migration as enabling factors for socio-cultural studies. Furthermore, the authors tackle crucial questions of agency, equality, and equity as well as the responsibilities and expectations of writers and artists when researching migration phenomena as innate human experience. As a result, this handbook provides scholars and students alike with relevant and applicable methodological and theoretical tools in addition to an extensive literature and research review for further research.

    1. Introduction

    2. Key Terms


    3.1 Enacting and Embodying Mobile Voices: "Musicking" as a Tool for (Ethnographic) Migration Research

        Ulrike Präger

    3.2 Multi-Perspective Research in Musical Migration Contexts

        Wolfgang Gratzer

    3.3 Musicological Research with Refugees: Theoretical and Ethical Considerations

        Anna Papaeti and M. J. Grant

    3.4 Musical Ethnography: Researching and Representing Migration, Expressive Culture, and Politics of Belonging

        Ulrike Präger

    3.5 Polyphonic History: On Histoire Croisée as a Method of Musicological Exile and Migration Research

    Anna Langenbruch


    4.1 Music and Cultural Mobility

        Nils Grosch

    4.2 Music and Urban Migration: The City, Mobile Ethnography, and Affective Citizenship

        Ruard Absaroka

    4.3 Between "Return Mobilities" and the Hope for an End to Exile: Musicology and Remigration Research

    Matthias Pasdzierny


    5.1 Music-Making by Migrants from the Perspective of Sociological Integration Studies

        Michael Parzer

    5.2 Displaced Humanity on the Move: Rights, Needs, and Future Directions for Music

        André de Quadros

    5.3 Musical Activities in the Acculturation Processes of Children and Adolescents with Migration Experiences

    Katarzyna Grebosz-Haring and Magnus Gaul


    6.1 Perpetual Transformation: Translating Music into New Spaces

        Christina Richter-Ibáñez

    6.2 Media, Migration, and Music: Methodological and Theoretical Perspectives

        Ricarda Drüeke and Elisabeth Klaus

    6.3 Writing for Change: Critical Perspectives in Artistic and Scholarly Practices as Calls to Action

        Sandra Chatterjee

    6.4 Music – Gender – Migration: Topics, Research Fields, and Methods

        Carolin Stahrenberg

    6.5 Music and Entrepreneurship: Perspectives from Migrant Business Research

    Michael Parzer


    Wolfgang Gratzer is an Austrian musicologist and Professor of Musicology at the University Mozarteum Salzburg, Austria.

    Nils Grosch is Professor of Musicology and Head of the Department of Art, Music, and Dance Studies and the Research Center for Musical Theater at the University of Salzburg, Austria.

    Ulrike Präger is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Louisville, US.

    Susanne Scheiblhofer is a researcher and instructor at the University of Salzburg, Austria.

    'The essays in The Routledge Handbook of Music and Migration are remarkable for the ways in which they take account of the historical longue durée of unraveling the simple truths about the differences that arise when human beings, individually and collectively, move from one place of residence to another place, which may or may not offer residence. In the entries and chapters that fill this volume, we encounter truth under many names, more rather than fewer, as the culture of common differences previously made some of us believe… The paths along which simple truths unravel in this volume owe much to the ways in which the contributors have taken the power of music to expose the multiple layers of meaning in the human experience of migration, past, present, and future. Musical meaning in this sense is different from simple truth because it insists there is more to the reality of migration than accommodation. The contributors to The Routledge Handbook of Music and Migration muster the eloquence of evidence from the confluence of concerted theory and method to open new possibilities for listening to the voices of the migrants in a modern world troubled and unsettled. To read the essays in this volume is to hear those voices anew, and to recognize the necessity of joining the contributors in a call to action in which truths are powerful only upon becoming uncommon.'

    Philip V. Bohlman, Ludwig Rosenberger Distinguished Service Professor in Jewish History, Music and the Humanities, University of Chicago