Everyday music

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:
Everyday music

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This chapter considers the uses of music in everyday situations. Some recent ethnographic studies have examined the ways in which people use music as part of their everyday lives, and suggested how it is effective for them irrespective of its style or quality as judged by others. This chapter argues that Alfred Schütz's ideas concerning mutual ‘tuning-in’ and the synchronization of individuals' experience offer a strong theoretical foundation for further studies of how music ‘works’ for people. It is also clear, however, that such sociological investigations move a long way from the discipline of musicology and its established concerns.

Keywords: music; ethnographic studies; everyday music; Alfred Schütz; sociological investigations; musicology

Chapter.  7947 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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