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
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).