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Shadows in the Field: New Perspectives for Fieldwork in Ethnomusicology

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The focus in ethnomusicological writing and teaching has traditionally centered around analyses and ethnographic representations of musical cultures, rather than on the personal world of understanding, experiencing, and doing fieldwork. Shadows in the Field shifts the focus of ethnography from representation (text) to experience (fieldwork) and proposes a "new fieldwork" that moves beyond data collection to engage scholars in more meaningful human contexts.

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Overview

The focus in ethnomusicological writing and teaching has traditionally centered around analyses and ethnographic representations of musical cultures, rather than on the personal world of understanding, experiencing, and doing fieldwork. Shadows in the Field shifts the focus of ethnography from representation (text) to experience (fieldwork) and proposes a "new fieldwork" that moves beyond data collection to engage scholars in more meaningful human contexts.

In this new edition of Shadows in the Field, renowned ethnomusicologists explore their various roles while performing fieldwork and pose significant questions: What are the new directions in ethnomusicological fieldwork? Will fieldwork continue as an integral part of ethnomusicological theory and practice, or will new methods emerge and dominate future discourse? Where does fieldwork of "the past" fit into these theories? Above all, what do we see when we acknowledge the shadows we cast in the field? The second edition of Shadows in the Field includes updates of most original chapters, a new foreword by Bruno Nettl, and six new chapters addressing the latest critical issues.

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Editorial Reviews

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The authors of eleven papers engage the challenges facing present-day ethnomusicology by focusing on processes of fieldwork. The essays discuss the shift in emphasis from classification, description, and explanation of music structures toward attempts to understand music as culture<-->recognizing the different and equally valid worldviews held by different societies. They discuss how this shift necessitates new fieldwork theories, methodologies, and epistemologies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"Shadows in the Field should be required reading in all such courses because the essays represent a sustained effort by ethnomusicologists to grapple with experimental and representational issues that are central to contemporary research and writing practices in the discipline....a welcome--and essential--addition to the ethnomusicology syllabus and bookshelf."--Ethnomusicology

"The essays in Shadows in the Field address one of the key facets of ethnomusicological research, providing a stimulating set of reflections on fieldwork as experienced in a number of different settings."--The World of Music

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195324952
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy J. Cooley is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is the author of Making Music in the Polish Tatras: Tourists, Ethnographers, and Mountain Musicians. He serves as the editor of Ethnomusicology, the journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and is the president of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Southern California Chapter.

Gregory Barz is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Anthropology at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbuilt University, and the general editor of the African Soundscapes book series. He serves as African Music editor for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and is the author of Singing for Life: HIV/AIDS and Music in Uganda, which has been nominated for a Grammy Award and Music in East Africa: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Bruno Nettl Nettl, Bruno

1 Casting Shadows: Fieldwork Is Dead! Long Live Fieldwork! Introduction Timothy J. Cooley Cooley, Timothy J. Gregory Barz Barz, Gregory 3

2 Knowing Fieldwork Jeff Todd Titan Titan, Jeff Todd 25

3 Toward a Mediation of Field Methods and Field Experience in Ethnornusicology Timothy Rice Rice, Timothy 42

4 Phenomenology and the Ethnography of Popular Music: Ethnomusicology at the Juncture of Cultural Studies and Folklore Harris M. Berger Berger, Harris M. 62

5 Moving: From Performance to Performative Ethnography and Back Again Deborah Wong Wong, Deborah 76

6 Virtual Fieldwork: Three Case Studies Timothy J. Cooley Cooley, Timothy J. Katharine Meizel Meizel, Katharine Nasir Syed Syed, Nasir 90

7 Fieldwork at Home: European and Asian Perspectives Jonathan P. J. Stock Stock, Jonathan P. J. Chou Chiener Chou, Chiener 108

8 Working with the Masters James Kippen Kippen, James 125

9 The Ethnomusicologist, Ethnographic Method, and the Transmission of Tradition Kay Kaufman Shelemay Shelemay, Kay Kaufman 141

10 Shadows in the Classroom: Encountering the Syrian Jewish Research Project Twenty Years Later Judah M. Cohen Cohen, Judah M. 157

11 What's the Difference? Reflections on Gender and Research in Village India Carol M. Babiracki Babiracki, Carol M. 167

12 (Un)doing Fieldwork: Sharing Songs, Sharing Lives Michelle Kisliuk Kisliuk, Michelle 183

13 Confronting the Field(note) In and Out of the Field: Music, Voices, Texts, and Experiences in Dialogue Gregory F. Barz Barz, Gregory F. 206

14 The Challenges of Human Relations in Ethnographic Inquiry: Examples from Arctic and Subarctic Fieldwork Nicole BeaudryBeaudry, Nicole 224

15 Returning to the Ethnomusicological Past Philip V. Bohlman Bohlman, Philip V. 246

16 Theories Forged in the Crucible of Action: The Joys, Dangers, and Potentials of Advocacy and Fieldwork Anthony Seeger Seeger, Anthony 271

References 289

Index 313

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