Sounds And Society: Themes In The Sociology Of Music (Music And Society MUP)
Sounds and Society: Themes in the sociology of music (Music and Society MUP)
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.
From the Back Cover
Despite the importance of music in contemporary culture, and the explosion of interest in cultural studies, the social analysis of music has remained relatively undeveloped. In this pioneering new book, Dr. Martin develops a genuinely sociological perspective on music.
About the Author
Peter J. Martin is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Sociology, University of Manchester.