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Singing the Rite to Belong: Ritual, Music, and the New Irish

Helen Phelan

Abstract

Why do so many people feel part of something bigger than themselves when they sing with others? How does listening to people sing, especially in certain ritual contexts, give us this same feeling? With this book, singer and scholar Helen Phelan draws on over two decades of musical and educational research to explore the agency of singing in fostering experiences of belonging through ritual performance. Set against the backdrop of “the new Ireland” of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, it charts Ireland’s growing multiculturalism, changing patterns of migration, the diminishin ... More

Keywords: ritual, music, singing, performance, Ireland, Catholicism, migration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190672225
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190672225.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Phelan, author
Professor of Arts Practice, University of Limerick