Music in Society: A Guide to the Sociology of Music

Music in Society: A Guide to the Sociology of Music

Music in Society: A Guide to the Sociology of Music

Music in Society: A Guide to the Sociology of Music

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This study has two distinct but not unrelated aspects. First, it is an investigation into the sociology of music as an autonomous and specialized discipline; and second, it is an examination of certain fundamental facts that may be considered within the purview of the sociology of music itself.

If such an analysis and study—even a preliminary one—is to be properly focused and fruitful, we must first try to determine the subject and methods of the sociology of music, its position and boundaries in respect to musicology, and most especially, its relationship to the aesthetics of music and to music history. It is equally indispensable to ascertain what the sociology of music as a separate scholarly discipline embraces, where its investigation leads, and finally, what its position is vis-a-vis sociology in general.

The conjunction of these two basic aspects of our investigation of the sociology of music—that of a study on the sociology of music as an autonomous and specialized discipline, and that of research within the sociology of music itself—seems fruitful, however, from still another point of view: the very solutions of the problems raised by the sociological approach and the . . .

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