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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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The Individual in Musical Ethnography

The Individual in Musical Ethnography

(p.201) 7 The Individual in Musical Ethnography
Modeling Ethnomusicology

Timothy Rice

Jesse D. Ruskin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the way ethnomusicologists have brought individuals into their book-length musical ethnographies since the mid-1970s. In a field whose name includes “ethno,” meaning a group or race, the chapter found that individuals have, since the beginning of writing in this genre, played an important role in musical ethnographies. The chapter addresses five themes. These are (1) the importance of individuals in musical ethnographies, (2) the types of individuals discussed and analyzed, (3) the theoretical purposes served by these treatments of individuals, (4) the nature of ethnomusicologists’ encounters with individuals, and (5) the narrative strategies employed when individuals are included in musical ethnographies. The types of individuals discussed are (1) innovators in a tradition, (2) key figures who occupy important roles in a musical culture, (3) ordinary or typical individuals, and (4) normally anonymous audience members and others who play a role in music production, dissemination, and reception.

Keywords:   individuals, musical ethnographies, innovators, key figures, typical individuals, anonymous audience members

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