Sounds and Society

Themes in the sociology of music

By Peter J. Martin

Sounds and Society

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-3224-0
  • Pages: 320
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: October 1996
  • BIC Category: The arts / Music, Sociology: Sport & Leisure, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, SPORTS & RECREATION / Sociology of Sports, Music, Sociology, Music


In this introduction to the social analysis of music, the author argues that musical meaning must be understood as socially constructed, rather than inherent, and that the notion of a correspondance between social and musical structures is highly problematic. An alternative approach, based on the "social action" perspective is outlined, and the book concludes with a discussion of the social situation of music in advanced capitalist society. The text draws on studies spanning the whole spectrum of Western music - rock bands to symphony orchestras, medieval plainchant to avant-garde jazz.


Peter J. Martin is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Sociology, University of Manchester

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