Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader / Edition 1

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Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader is designed to supplement a textbook for an introductory course in ethnomusicology. It offers a cross section of the best new writing in the field from the last 15-20 years. Many instructors supplement textbook readings and listening assignments with scholarly articles that provide more in-depth information on geographic regions and topics and introduce issues that can facilitate class or small group discussion. These sources serve other purposes as well: they exemplify research technique and format and serve as models for the use of academic language, and collectively they can also illustrate the range of ethnographic method and analytical style in the discipline of ethnomusicology. Ethnomusicology: A Contemporary Reader serves as a basic introduction to the best writing in the field for students, professors, and music professionals. It is perfect for both introductory and upper level courses in world music.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415972048
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/8/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 458
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer C. Post is the author of Routledge's Ethnomusicology: A Guide to Research. She is Assistant Professor of Music at Middlebury College and Curator of the Helen Harkness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury. She compiles the "Current Bibliography" and "Current Theses and Dissertations" lists published tri-yearly in the journal Ethnomusicology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Sultans of spin : Syrian sacred music on the world stage 17
2 Sounds like the Mall of America : programmed music and the architectonics of commercial space 33
3 Culture, tourism, and cultural tourism : boundaries and frontiers in performances of Balinese music and dance 55
4 Folk festival as modern ritual in the Polish Tatra Mountains 67
5 Taiko and the Asian/American body : drums, Rising sun, and the question of gender 87
6 Empowering self, making choices, creating spaces : black female identity via rap music performance 97
7 The frame drum in the Middle East : women, musical instruments, and power 109
8 On redefining the "local" through world music 137
9 The canned sardine spirit takes the mic 147
10 A musical instrument travels around the world : Jenbe playing in Bamako, West Africa, and beyond 161
11 Mozart in mirrorshades : ethnomusicology, technology, and the politics of representation 189
12 Technology and the production of Islamic space : the call to prayer in Singapore 199
13 Acting up, talking tech : New York rock musicians and their metaphors of technology 209
14 The sonic dimensions of nationalism in modern China : musical representation and transformation 225
15 Russia's new anthem and the negotiation of national identity 243
16 "Mezanmi, Kouman Nou Ye? my friends, how are you?" : musical constructions of the Haitian transnation 261
17 "Indian" music in the diaspora : case studies of chutney in Trinidad and in London 275
18 The embodiment of salsa : musicians, instruments, and the performance of a Latin style and identity 295
19 Dueling landscapes : singing places and identities in highland Bolivia 311
20 Native American rap and reggae : dancing "to the beat of a different drummer" 331
21 From "I'm a Lapp" to "I am Saami" : popular music and changing images of indigenous ethnicity in Scandinavia 351
22 Cajun music, cultural revival : theorizing political action in popular music 371
23 Nitmiluk : place, politics, and empowerment in Australian aboriginal popular music 383
24 Culture, conservation, and community reconstruction : explorations in advocacy ethnomusicology and participatory action research in Northern KwaZulu Natal 401
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