Music sociology : value, technology, and identity /

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Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group,, Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, United States, p.1 online resource (vii, 185 pages) (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst01030444, bisacsh, fast, Music, MUSIC / General, Social aspects.


Includes bibliographical references and index.Introduction : Music in (the context of ) sociology -- 1. Situating the sociology of music -- 2. The techno-cultural transformations of music in the digital age -- 3. Aesthetics and value in music sociology -- 4. Sound environments and everyday music listening practices -- 5. Music taste : What is liking music? -- 6. Music, identity, and ageing -- 7. Popular music heritage and the obsession with preservation.Music Sociology critically evaluates current approaches to the study of music in sociology and presents a broad overview of how music is positioned and represented in existing sociological scholarship. It then goes on to offer a new framework for approaching the sociology of music, taking music itself as a starting point, and considering what music sociology can learn from related disciplines such as critical musicology, ethnomusicology, and cultural studies. As a central form of leisure, consumption, and cultural production, music has attracted significant attention from sociologists who seek to understand its deeper socio-cultural meaning. With case studies that address sound environments, consumption, media technologies, local scenes, music heritage, and ageing, the authors highlight the distinctive nature of musical experience, and show how sociology can illuminate it. Providing both a survey of existing perspectives the sociology of music, and a thought-provoking discussion of how the field can move forward, this concise and accessible book will be a vital reading for anyone teaching or studying music from a sociological standpoint.--Raphaël Nowak is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of York, United Kingdom. Andy Bennett is Professor of Cultural Sociology in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University, AustraliaPrint version record.