Sounds and Society: Themes in the Sociology of Music - Music and Society (Paperback)Peter J. Martin
Paperback Published: 17/10/1996
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In this introduction to the social analysis of music, the author argues that musical meaning must be understood as socially constructed, rather than inherent, and that the notion of a correspondance between social and musical structures is highly problematic. An alternative approach, based on the "social action" perspective is outlined, and the book concludes with a discussion of the social situation of music in advanced capitalist society. The text draws on studies spanning the whole spectrum of Western music - rock bands to symphony orchestras, medieval plainchant to avant-garde jazz.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
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