1st Edition

Local Meanings, Globalized Sounds

ISBN 9781138605145
Published December 3, 2018 by Routledge
150 Pages

USD $44.95

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Book Description

Violins: Local Meanings, Globalized Sounds examines the violin as an object of meaning in a variety of cultural and historical contexts, and as a vehicle for introducing anthropological issues. Each chapter highlights concepts as taught in lower-level anthropology courses, and includes teaching and learning tools. Chapters range from a memoir-like social biography of a single instrument to explorations of violins in relation to technology, labor, the environment, migration, globalization, childhood, cultural understandings of talent and virtuosity, and prestige.

Table of Contents

Chapter One – Anthropology and the Biography of a California Violin; Chapter Two – Violins as Built Objects; Chapter Three –Violins as Migrating Objects; Chapter Four –Violins as Children’s Objects; Chapter Five –Violins as Prestige Objects; Glossary; References; Index

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Pamela A. Moro is Professor of Anthropology at Willamette University. Her previous work includes Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion: A Reader in the Anthropology of Religion (Ninth Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2013).