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Theory for Ethnomusicology

MMaP director co-author of second edition of foundational work

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Theory for Ethnomusicology: Histories, Conversations, Insights, Second Edition, is a foundational work for courses in ethnomusicological theory.

The book examines key intellectual movements and topic areas in social and cultural theory, and explores the way they have been taken up in ethnomusicological research.

New co-author Harris M. Berger, Canada Research Chair in Ethnomusicology, director of the Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media, and Place and professor of music and folklore at Memorial, and Ruth M. Stone investigate the discipline’s past, present, and future, reflecting on contemporary concerns while cataloging significant developments since the publication of the first edition in 2008.

A dozen contributors approach a broad range of theoretical topics alive in ethnomusicology.

Each chapter examines ethnographic and historical works from within ethnomusicology, showcasing the unique contributions scholars in the field have made to wider, transdisciplinary dialogs, while illuminating the field’s relevance and pointing the way toward new horizons of research.

New to the edition

Every chapter in the book is completely new, with richer and more comprehensive discussions and new chapters have been added on gender and sexuality, sound and voice studies, performance and critical improvisation studies, and theories of participation.

New text boxes and notes make connections among the chapters, emphasizing points of contact and conflict among intellectual movements.

Theory for Ethnomusicology: Histories, Conversations, Insights, Second Edition is published by Routledge.


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