Breaking with a tradition in ethnomusicology of ethnographic and fieldwork-based studies, Music Endangerment: How Language Maintenance Can Help explores the global phenomenon of endangered music genres, and investigates ways in which the field of language maintenance may inform efforts to support them. The book is a response to the increasing sense of international urgency to address the wide-scale endangerment of intangible cultural heritage across the world, including music.
Through the concepts, practical tools and recommendations it presents, Music Endangerment serves as a point of reference and departure for better supporting endangered music genres, particularly those of indigenous and minority peoples. Ethnomusicologists, policy-makers, cultural heritage workers, and culture-bearers themselves will find this book useful. The author expresses her hope that ultimately, Music Endangerment will benefit the communities whose music genres are facing challenges to their viability.
The distinctive features of the book include: