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Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research,
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Patrik N. Juslin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230143.001.0001

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Exploring the Habitus of Listening

Exploring the Habitus of Listening

Anthropological Perspectives

(p.127) Chapter 6 Exploring the Habitus of Listening
Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications

Judith Becker

Oxford University Press

The study of anthropology is the study of the modes of being human, while the study of ethnomusicology is the study of the modes of music making as a means of cultural expression and as sources of meaning. Both are concerned with human behaviour and the cultural ideologies that inform behaviour; both tend to rely upon ethnographic research and techniques of participant observation, with the results later written and published as a monograph. In the case of music and emotion, the ethnographic approach involves both looking closely at the cultural construction of emotion and at the cross-cultural differences in the uses, purposes, and meanings of musical expression. This chapter presents a theoretical frame for the cross-cultural exploration of music and emotion, provides specific examples, and concludes with a section on the possibility of conjoining humanistic and scientific approaches.

Keywords:   music, emotions, anthropology, ethnographic approach

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