With the ‘cultural turn’, the concept of culture has assumed enormous importance in our understanding of the interrelations between social, political, and economic structures, patterns of everyday interaction, and systems of meaning-making. In The SAGE Handbook of Cultural Analysis, the leading figures in their fields explore the implications of this paradigm shift. Addressed to academics and advanced students in all fields of the social sciences and humanities, this Handbook is at once a synthesis of advances in the field, with a comprehensive coverage of the scholarly literature, and a collection of original and provocative essays by some of the brightest intellectuals of our time.

Culture and Music1

Culture and music

The interdisciplinary basis of socio-musical studies has grown considerably in recent years. Now concerned with much more than music's social shaping, perspectives from music sociology, the social psychology of music, cultural musicology, ethnomusicology, geography, anthropology, music education and music therapy have addressed the theme of music's social and psychological powers and effects. This work has helped to illuminate the question of action, its structures and cultural bases, and has highlighted in the process how the, as it were, ‘inside of action and experience are formulated. In so doing, socio-musical studies have contributed in great part to the ‘strong’ programme within cultural sociology and its concern with the dynamic, organizing powers of cultural forms – their so-called ‘causal’ properties (Alexander and ...

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