Singing the Rite to Belong: Ritual, Music, and the New Irish by Helen PhelanSinging the Rite to Belong: Ritual, Music, and the New Irish by Helen Phelan

Singing the Rite to Belong: Ritual, Music, and the New Irish

byHelen Phelan

Paperback | May 15, 2017

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This book explores the way in which singing can foster experiences of belonging through ritual performance. Based on more than two decades of ethnographic, pedagogical and musical research, it is set against the backdrop of "the new Ireland" of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. ChartingIreland's growing multiculturalism, changing patterns of migration, the diminished influence of Catholicism, and synergies between indigenous and global forms of cultural expression, it explores rights and rites of belonging in contemporary Ireland. Helen Phelan examines a range of religious, educational, civic and community-based rituals including religious rituals of new migrant communities in "borrowed" rituals spaces; baptismal rituals in the context of the Irish citizenship referendum; rituals that mythologize the core values of aneducational institution; a ritual laboratory for students of singing; and community-based festivals and performances. Her investigation peels back the physiological, emotional and cultural layers of singing to illuminate how it functions as a potential agent of belonging. Each chapter engagestheoretically with one of five core characteristic of singing (resonance, somatics, performance, temporality, and tacitness) in the context of particular performed rituals. Phelan offers a persuasive proposal for ritually-framed singing as a valuable and potent tool in the creation of inclusive,creative and integrated communities of belonging.
Helen Phelan is Professor of Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. A singer and ritual studies scholar, she is an Irish Research Council recipient for her work on singing and sustained social integration with new migrant communities in Ireland over the last two decades. Her singing interes...
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Title:Singing the Rite to Belong: Ritual, Music, and the New IrishFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190672234

ISBN - 13:9780190672232

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