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Ethnomusicological Research in an Urban Setting

Jonathan P. J. Stock

in Huju

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262733
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734502 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197262733.003.0006

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Ethnomusicological Research in an Urban Setting

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This chapter argues that ethnomusicology is unevenly theorized. Despite the amount of research now carried out on large-scale, mass-mediated, transnational, and professional traditions, theoretical-methodological literature has tended to emphasize models more appropriate to the research of small-scale traditions and those in which the researcher can gain direct experience as one of the performance group. Reyes Schramm noted twenty years ago that the urban environment offers a challenge to existing conceptions of research. It is shown that this challenge still applies and, through a consideration of researching huju in Shanghai, to spell out some aspects of it more explicitly.

Keywords: ethnomusicology; Shanghai opera; China; urban environment

Chapter.  11323 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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