Music for others : care, justice, and relational ethics in Christian music /

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Oxford University Press,, New York, NY, United States ; Oxford, United Kingdom, p.1 online resource (xi, 155 pages) : (2021)

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(OCoLC)fst00860841, (OCoLC)fst01030395, (OCoLC)fst01030546, Church music, fast, Moral and ethical aspects., Music, Music in churches., Protestant churches.


Includes bibliographical references and index."Musical activity is one of the most ubiquitous and highly valued forms of social interaction in North America-from sporting events to political rallies, concerts to churches. Its use as an affective agent for political and religious programs suggests that it has ethical significance, but it is one of the most undertheorized aspects of both theological ethics and music scholarship. Music for Others: Care, Justice, and Relational Ethics in Christian Music fills part of this scholarly gap by focusing on the religious aspects of musical activity, particularly on the practices of Christian communities. It is based on ethnomusicological fieldwork at three Protestant churches and interviews with a group of seminary students, combined with theories of discourse, formation, response, and care ethics oriented toward restorative justice. The book argues that relationships are ontological for both human beings and musical activity. It further argues that musical meaning and emotion converge in human bodies such that music participates in personal and communal identity construction in affective ways-yet these constructions are not always just. Thus, Music for Others argues that music is ethical when it preserves people in and restores people to just relationships with each other, and thereby with God"--Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (Oxford Scholarship Online, viewed on August 6, 2021).