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Class, Control, and Classical Music

Anna Bull


Through an ethnographic study of young people playing and singing in classical music ensembles in the south of England, this book analyses why classical music in England is predominantly practiced by white middle-class people. It describes four ‘articulations’ or associations between the middle classes and classical music. Firstly, its repertoire requires formal modes of social organization that can be contrasted with the anti-pretentious, informal, dialogic modes of participation found in many forms of working-class culture. Secondly, its modes of embodiment reproduce classed values such as f ... More

Keywords: classical music, music education, social class, gender, youth, England, sociology, high culture, Pierre Bourdieu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190844356
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190844356.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Bull, author
Lecturer, University of Portsmouth