Music and manipulation

Peter J. Martin

in Music and the Sociological Gaze

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780719072161
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701492 | DOI:
Music and manipulation

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Several sociologists have examined ways in which music may be used by people to assert a certain kind of identity. This chapter considers some implications of this on music and the idea of manipulation. It concludes that, theoretically, the ‘meanings’ of music must be understood as embedded in more general configurations of social activity, and methodologically that ethnographic research, rather than the production of decontextualised ‘readings’, is more likely to elucidate these meanings.

Keywords: music; identity; musical manipulation; ethnographic research; musical meaning

Chapter.  6932 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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