Journals Higher Education



Published: 17 October 1996

298 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719032240

Bookseller Code (06)


Sounds and Society

Themes in the sociology of music

Peter J. Martin

Published by Manchester University Press

Music and Society MUP

In this introduction to the social analysis of music, the author argues that musical meaning must be understood as socially constructed, rather than inherent, and that the notion of a correspondance between social and musical structures is highly problematic. An alternative approach, based on the "social action" perspective is outlined, and the book concludes with a discussion of the social situation of music in advanced capitalist society. The text draws on studies spanning the whole spectrum of Western music - rock bands to symphony orchestras, medieval plainchant to avant-garde jazz.


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