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Modeling Ethnomusicology$
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Timothy Rice

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190616885

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190616885.001.0001

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Reflections on Music and Identity in Ethnomusicology

Reflections on Music and Identity in Ethnomusicology

(p.139) 5 Reflections on Music and Identity in Ethnomusicology
Modeling Ethnomusicology

Timothy Rice

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with one of the most important themes in ethnomusicology: the role of music in constructing, expressing, or symbolizing identity. It reviews the literature on this subject in the journal Ethnomusicology and finds that the concept was first introduced in 1982. The review also finds that authors writing on this theme do not cite previous work on this theme, which the author takes as the sign of a fundamental weakness in ethnomusicology. The chapter lists the many subthemes, issues, questions, and problems associated with the theme of music and identity. These include the difference between individual and social identity, the question of who controls identity construction, whether music reflects or constructs identity, and what music, as opposed to other expressive and symbolic forms, contributes uniquely to the identity of a group or individual.

Keywords:   ethnomusicology, identity, fundamental weakness

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