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The social and personal functions of music in cross-cultural perspective

Clayton, Martin (2008). The social and personal functions of music in cross-cultural perspective. In: Hallam, Susan; Cross, Ian and Thaut, Michael eds. The Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 35–44.

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Music's functions appear to range from the individual (music can affect the way we feel and the way we manage our lives) – to the social (it can facilitate the coordination of large numbers of people and help to forge a sense of group identity). This article argues that musical behaviour also covers a vast middle ground in which relationships between self and other or between the individual and the collective are played out. This chapter surveys some of the extant literature on music's functions – referring to literature from ethnomusicology to anthropology, musicology, psychology, and sociology, and discussing a wide variety of musical contexts from around the world – and develops an argument emphasizing music's role in the management of relationships between self and other.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2009 Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0-19-929845-9, 978-0-19-929845-7
Keywords: music; EMMP
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 13025
Depositing User: Martin Clayton
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2009 08:24
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 12:56
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