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The Strange Music of Social Life: A Dialogue on Dialogic Sociology

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The Strange Music of Social Life presents a dialogue on dialogic sociology, explored through the medium of music. Sociologist and composer Michael Mayerfeld Bell argues that both sociology and classical music largely remain in the grip of a nineteenth-century totalizing ambition of prediction and control. He provides the refreshing approach of "strangency" to welcome a sociology that tries to understand not only the regularities of social life but also the social conditions in ...

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Overview

The Strange Music of Social Life presents a dialogue on dialogic sociology, explored through the medium of music. Sociologist and composer Michael Mayerfeld Bell argues that both sociology and classical music largely remain in the grip of a nineteenth-century totalizing ambition of prediction and control. He provides the refreshing approach of "strangency" to welcome a sociology that tries to understand not only the regularities of social life but also the social conditions in which people do what we do not expect.

Ten important sociologists and musicians respond-often vigorously-to the conversation Bell initiates. The Strange Music of Social Life concludes with Bell's reply to those responses and offers new insight into sociology, musicology, cultural studies, creativity, and social change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439907245
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 6/17/2011
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Strange Music: Notes Toward a Dialogic Sociology
2. Sociologizing the Strange: A Strong Programme for a Weak Sociology
3. Stranger Danger: Response to Michael Mayerfeld Bell’s “Strange Music”
4. A Sisyphean Process? Dialogue on Dialogical Sociology
5. Growing a Chorus
6. Why I Like Contemporary Classical Music and Contemporary Sociological Theory:
7. Response to Michael Bell: Reflections Based on Perspectives from Popular Culture, Fine Arts, and Globalization
8. A Three Part Recension
9. Strange to the Structure: A Dialogue on "Strange Music," Performance Studies, Jazz Trumpet, and Billie Holiday
10. Re-Creating Music in the Moment: Reflections on Michael Bell's "Strange Music" and on Musical Performance
11. If You Have All the Answers You Don’t Have All the Questions
 

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