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2nd Edition

Theory for Ethnomusicology
Histories, Conversations, Insights

ISBN 9781138222144
Published June 20, 2019 by Routledge
254 Pages

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Book Description

Theory for Ethnomusicology: Histories, Conversations, Insights, Second Edition, is a foundational work for courses in ethnomusicological theory. The book examines key intellectual movements and topic areas in social and cultural theory, and explores the way they have been taken up in ethnomusicological research. New co-author Harris M. Berger and Ruth M. Stone investigate the discipline’s past, present, and future, reflecting on contemporary concerns while cataloging significant developments since the publication of the first edition in 2008.

A dozen contributors approach a broad range of theoretical topics alive in ethnomusicology. Each chapter examines ethnographic and historical works from within ethnomusicology, showcasing the unique contributions scholars in the field have made to wider, transdisciplinary dialogs, while illuminating the field’s relevance and pointing the way toward new horizons of research.

New to this edition:

  • Every chapter in the book is completely new, with richer and more comprehensive discussions.
  • New chapters have been added on gender and sexuality, sound and voice studies, performance and critical improvisation studies, and theories of participation.
  • New text boxes and notes make connections among the chapters, emphasizing points of contact and conflict among intellectual movements.

Table of Contents

Introduction (Harris M. Berger and Ruth M. Stone) / Chapter 1 Linguistic and Semiotic Approaches to Ethnomusicology: From Abstract Structure to Situated Practice (Jayson Beaster-Jones) / Chapter 2 Marxist Approaches to Music, Political Economy, and the Culture Industries: Ethnomusicological Perspectives (Peter Manuel) / Chapter 3 Theories of Gender and Sexuality: From the Village to the Anthropocene (Jane C. Sugarman) / Chapter 4 Constructing Race and Engaging Power Through Music: Ethnomusicology and Critical Approaches to Race (Maureen Mahon) / Chapter 5 Theories of the Post-Colonial and Globalization: Ethnomusicologists Grapple with Power, History, Media, and Mobility (Jeremy Wallach and Esther Clinton) / Chapter 6 Performance Studies and Critical Improvisation Studies in Ethnomusicology: Understanding Music and Culture through Situated Practice (Ellen Waterman) / Chapter 7 Decentering Music: Sound Studies and Voice Studies in Ethnomusicology (Katherine Meizel and J. Martin Daughtry) / Chapter 8 Phenomenology and Phenomenological Ethnomusicology: Approaches to the Lived Experience of Music (Harris M. Berger) / Chapter 9 Theories of Participation (Matthew Rahaim)

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Harris M. Berger is Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology, Director of the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place, and Professor of Music and Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Ruth M. Stone is the Laura Boulton Professor Emerita of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University.