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The Musical Human: Rethinking John Blacking's Ethnomusicology in the Twenty-First Century
 

The Musical Human: Rethinking John Blacking's Ethnomusicology in the Twenty-First Century (Hardback, New edition)

Edited by Reily, Suzel
Series edited by Howard, Professor Keith

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The musical human: without a doubt, this vision of the human species as naturally musical has become the most enduring legacy John Blacking bequeathed to ethnomusicology. The image aptly embodies his preoccupations, which integrated theoretical and methodological issues within th...e discipline with a deep concern for the physical and psychological well-being of humanity. Blacking believed sincerely in the power of music, and he contended that people's general health depended upon the musical opportunities made available to them. For this reason, he placed great importance upon ethnomusicology, the discipline that investigates the way different societies around the world organize their musical activities, and the impact of these diverse alternatives upon the people involved in them. Each essay draws upon distinct aspects of Blacking's writings but complements them with quite different sets of sources. Themes include the role of fieldwork in the postmodern era; the role of music amongst subaltern communities existing in a rapidly changing social environment with particular reference to Vendaland; the manipulation of traditional performance settings in pursuit of political or social strategies; children's music acquisition as an indicator of the innate musical capacity of humans; the biology of music making; the creation of pleasure, pain and power during dance; cognitive processes and the social consequences of the power of music, and a consideration of the method of applying ethnomusicological research methods to Western art music. In this way, the volume provides fresh assessments of Blacking's work, taking up his challenge to push the boundaries of ethnomusicology into new territories.
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ISBN 9780754651383
Released NZ 24 Mar 2006
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format Hardback, New edition
Series SOAS Studies in Music
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ISBN-13 9780754651383
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint Ashgate Publishing Limited
Released 24 Mar 2006
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) Edited by Reily, Suzel
Series edited by Howard, Professor Keith
Series SOAS Studies in Music
Category Theory Of Music & Musicology
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Number of Pages 234
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 14mm
Dewey Code 780.89
Weight 499g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Ethnomusicology, Blacking, John
NBS Text Music & Dance
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly

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