Music as Social Life: The Politics of Participation

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Overview

People around the world and throughout history have used music to express their inner emotions, reach out to the divine, woo lovers, celebrate weddings, inspire political movements, and lull babies to sleep. In Music as Social Life, Thomas Turino explores why it is that music and dance are so often at the center of our most profound personal and social experiences.
            Turino begins by developing tools to think about the special properties of music and dance that make them fundamental resources for connecting with our own lives, our communities, and the environment. These concepts are then put into practice as he analyzes various musical examples among indigenous Peruvians, rural and urban Zimbabweans, and American old-time musicians and dancers. To examine the divergent ways that music can fuel social and political movements, Turino looks at its use by the Nazi Party and by the American civil rights movement. Wide-ranging, accessible to anyone with an interest in music’s role in society, and accompanied by a compact disc, Music as Social Life is an illuminating initiation into the power of music.

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Editorial Reviews

Anthony Seeger

“Politically and musically passionate, intellectually sophisticated, and thought-provoking—this is a brave and extremely original book, one that will play a role in this century akin to such seminal works as The Anthropology of Music and How Musical Is Man?
Yearbook for Traditional Music - Charles Keil

"[An] engaging, breakthrough book. The stress on 'social life' and 'politics of participation' in the title is reinforced one way or another by each chapter, so I consider this book a great achievement and, perhaps, it is a major turning point in ethnomusicology."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226816982
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Series: Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 288,664
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Turino is professor of musicology and anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Music in the Andes: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture; Moving Away from Silence: Music of the Peruvian Altiplano and the Experience of Urban Migration; and Nationalists, Cosmopolitans, and Popular Music in Zimbabwe.

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Table of Contents

CD Track List
List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
 
1  Introduction: Why Music Matters
2  Participatory and Presentational Performance
3  The Recording Fields: High Fidelity and Studio Audio Art
4  Habits of the Self, Identity, and Culture
5 Participatory, Presentational, and High Fidelity Music in Zimbabwe
6 Old-Time Music and Dance: Cultural Cohorts and Cultural Formations
7  Music and Political Movements
8  For Love or Money
 
Glossary
References
Annotated Discography
Index

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