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The power of music in everyday life is widely recognized and this is reflected in social theory from Plato to Adorno that portrays music as an influence on character, social structure and action. This book uses a series of ethnographic studies and in-depth interviews to show how music is a constitutive feature of human agency. Drawing together concepts from psychology, sociology and sociolinguistics it develops a theory of music's active role in the construction of social life and highlights the aesthetic dimension of social order and organization in modern societies.Read more
- The first book to show how music is used in daily life as a structuring device
- Novel in its application of recent perspectives from the sociology of technology and material culture
- Develops recent concern with the aesthetic dimension of social action
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"...Original in conception and based on years of research, this book offers interpretive and cultural sociologist a novel point of entree into the study of embodied lived meaning." Daniel Thomas Cook, American Journal Of SociologySee more reviews
"With Music in Everyday Life, DeNora has crafted an important cultural analysis of the consumption of music....Music in Everyday Life is a thoughtful, well-written book that contains important theoretical and substantive contributions. It should be well received by sociologists of popular music, sociological social psychologists, and ethnomusicologists alike." Contemporary Sociology
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- Date Published: June 2000
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521627320
- length: 196 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
- weight: 0.32kg
- contains: 7 music examples
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Formulating questions - the music and society nexus
2. Musical affect in practice
3. Music as a technology of self
4. Music and the body
5. Music as a device of social ordering
6. Music's social powers.
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