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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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Emotion as Social Emergence

Emotion as Social Emergence

Perspectives from Music Sociology

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Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications

Tia Denora

Oxford University Press

Sociology considers the interactive relations between forms of social organization and forms of action and experience. While it is appreciative of anthropological approaches and cross-cultural variation, its primary focus is not on the ‘what’ of societies and social order (e.g., different cultural patterns and customs) but the ‘how’ of social order, the practices and mechanisms that stabilize and destabilize groups, communities and larger, more diffuse clusters of social actors. Over the past ten years, sociology has experienced a so-called cultural turn in which emotion, mood, and embodiment are now of central concern, providing both foundation and medium of action and cognition. This chapter describes these developments and their implications for music and the study of emotion, sociologically conceived. It begins by considering the status of the emotions within sociology's paradigms. From there, it moves to a discussion of music's position within sociology, focusing on the changing conception of music's link to social life that has emerged within sociology of music over the past decade. It then surveys classic work in the sociology of music as it illuminates music as a ‘device’ for the constitution of subjectivity and emotion in a range of settings. Throughout these discussions, the aim is to demonstrate how new approaches within the sociology of music help to illuminate a congenital feature of sociology writ large, namely, the concern with social experience and social action, their sources and structures.

Keywords:   sociology, music, emotions, social life

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