Music as Social Life: The Politics of Participation

Book & Toy | October 15, 2008

byThomas Turino

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People around the world and throughout history have used music to express their inner emotions, reach out to the divine, woo lovers, celebrate weddings, inspire political movements, and lull babies to sleep. In Music as Social Life, Thomas Turino explores why it is that music and dance are so often at the center of our most profound personal and social experiences.
            Turino begins by developing tools to think about the special properties of music and dance that make them fundamental resources for connecting with our own lives, our communities, and the environment. These concepts are then put into practice as he analyzes various musical examples among indigenous Peruvians, rural and urban Zimbabweans, and American old-time musicians and dancers. To examine the divergent ways that music can fuel social and political movements, Turino looks at its use by the Nazi Party and by the American civil rights movement. Wide-ranging, accessible to anyone with an interest in music’s role in society, and accompanied by a compact disc, Music as Social Life is an illuminating initiation into the power of music.

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People around the world and throughout history have used music to express their inner emotions, reach out to the divine, woo lovers, celebrate weddings, inspire political movements, and lull babies to sleep. In Music as Social Life, Thomas Turino explores why it is that music and dance are so often at the center of our most profound pe...

Thomas Turino is professor of musicology and anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Music in the Andes: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture; Moving Away from Silence:Music of the Peruvian Altiplano and the Experience of Urban Migration; and Nationalists, Cosmopolitans, and Popular Music i...
Format:Book & ToyDimensions:280 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:October 15, 2008Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226816982

ISBN - 13:9780226816982

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Table of Contents

CD Track List
List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
 
1  Introduction: Why Music Matters
2  Participatory and Presentational Performance
3  The Recording Fields: High Fidelity and Studio Audio Art
4  Habits of the Self, Identity, and Culture
5 Participatory, Presentational, and High Fidelity Music in Zimbabwe
6 Old-Time Music and Dance: Cultural Cohorts and Cultural Formations
7  Music and Political Movements
8  For Love or Money
 
Glossary
References
Annotated Discography
Index