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Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research,
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Patrik N. Juslin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230143.001.0001

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Exploring the Habitus of Listening

Exploring the Habitus of Listening

Anthropological Perspectives

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(p.127) Chapter 6 Exploring the Habitus of Listening
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Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications
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Judith Becker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230143.003.0006

The study of anthropology is the study of the modes of being human, while the study of ethnomusicology is the study of the modes of music making as a means of cultural expression and as sources of meaning. Both are concerned with human behaviour and the cultural ideologies that inform behaviour; both tend to rely upon ethnographic research and techniques of participant observation, with the results later written and published as a monograph. In the case of music and emotion, the ethnographic approach involves both looking closely at the cultural construction of emotion and at the cross-cultural differences in the uses, purposes, and meanings of musical expression. This chapter presents a theoretical frame for the cross-cultural exploration of music and emotion, provides specific examples, and concludes with a section on the possibility of conjoining humanistic and scientific approaches.

Keywords:   music, emotions, anthropology, ethnographic approach

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