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Music and the Sociological GazeArt Worlds and Cultural Production$
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Peter J. Martin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719072161

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719072161.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Music and the Sociological Gaze

Peter J. Martin

Manchester University Press

Since the mid-1990s, the distinctiveness of a sociological approach to music has become increasingly apparent. This chapter notes that the primary focus of this specifically sociological ‘gaze’ is a concern with examining the various ways in which music is used in a whole range of social situations, and the consequences of this. Sociologists have, with increasing confidence, investigated the use of music by real people in real situations, thus moving away from a concern with revealing the meaning of musical texts. A sociological concern with the uses of music seeks to return such cultural objects to the social contexts in which they are produced and experienced.

Keywords:   social situations, music, musical texts, cultural objects, sociological approach

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