After Adorno: Rethinking Music Sociology

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Overview

Theodor W. Adorno placed music at the centre of his critique of modernity and broached some of the most important questions about the role of music in contemporary society. One of his central arguments was that music, through the manner of its composition, affected consciousness and was a means of social management and control. His work was primarily theoretical, however, and because these issues were never explored empirically his work has become sidelined in current music sociology. This book argues that music sociology can be greatly enriched by a return to Adorno's concerns, in particular his focus on music as a dynamic medium of social life. Intended as a guide to 'how to do music sociology', this book deals with critical topics too often sidelined such as aesthetic ordering, cognition, the emotions and music as a management device, and reworks Adorno's focus through a series of grounded examples.
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If Adorno paved the way for the disciplines of sociology and musicology to come together, DeNora has brought this interdisciplinary scholarship to a new level of sophistication, showing that the dialogue between musicology and sociology is still a two-way street." - William G. Roy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521537247
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Tia DeNora is Head of Department and Reader in Sociology at the University of Exeter. She has published widely on music sociology. Her books include Beethoven and the Construction of Genius (1995) Music in Everyday Life (CUP 2000).

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of music examples
Preface: a two part invention
Acknowledgements
A note on background reading
1 Adorno, 'defended against his devotees'? 1
2 New methods and classic concerns 35
3 Music as cognition 59
4 How does music 'channel' emotion? 83
5 Music and 'control' 118
6 After Adorno: rethinking music sociology 151
Bibliography 159
Index 168
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