Revue de presse
'Among the year's most stimulating reading material' The Observer
'This is an important book, crowded … with new ideas and arguments that challenge many of our assumptions.' The Musical Times
' … most rewarding … As a collection of humanistic scholarship that amplifies the best sociological tradition … it is highly recommended.' Contemporary Sociology
Présentation de l'éditeur
This provocative volume of essays is now available in paperback. The contributors to this volume - musicologists, sociologists, cultural theorists - all challenge the view that music occupies an autonomous aesthetic sphere. Recently, socially and politically grounded enterprises such as feminism, semiotics and deconstruction have effected a major transformation in the ways in which the arts and humanities are studied, leading in turn to a systematic investigation of the implicit assumptions underlying the critical methods of the last two hundred years. Influenced by these approaches, the writers here question a prevailing ideology that insists there is a division between music and society and examine the ways in which the two do in fact interact and mediate one another within and across socio-cultural boundaries.