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SOCI 246 - Sociology of Music

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
The sociology of music takes its cue from the distinction between musical texts and musical contexts: whereas the humanistic inquiry into texts highlights the study of musical forms, meanings, and performance, the sociological emphasis on contexts points to the social settings, audiences, and consequences of musical expression. From the commodification and marketing of music, to the collective effervescence and political contestations of music listeners, the sociology of music highlights the role of social forces, capitalist organization, and creative agency across many stages of cultural experience. In this way, the sociological inquiry into music provides an entry into larger debates in the sociology of culture, critical theory, cultural studies, social movements, and media studies. Topics for this semester include urban music scenes; the racialization of music genres and music marketing; dynamic changes in the composition, recording, and distribution of popular music; and new directions in music performance and fandom. Leonard Nevarez.

Two 75-minute periods.

Course Format: CLS

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