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Studies in Symbolic Interaction

ISSN: 0163-2396
Series editor(s): Professor Norman Denzin

Subject Area: Sociology and Public Policy

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Introduction: Music and identity

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Title:Introduction: Music and identity
Author(s):Christopher J. Schneider
Volume:35 Editor(s): Norman K. Denzin ISBN: 978-0-85724-361-4 eISBN: 978-0-85724-362-1
Citation:Christopher J. Schneider (2010), Introduction: Music and identity, in Norman K. Denzin (ed.) 35 (Studies in Symbolic Interaction, Volume 35), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.7-10
DOI:10.1108/S0163-2396(2010)0000035004 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item

Music is an important feature of human group life. A wide range of journals, books, and other academic avenues pertaining to the study of music now exist to address its increasing scholarly significance. Although the primary theme in the literature seems to be the description and analysis of the role of music in daily life, the time has come for more theoretical examinations of the way music contributes meaning to individuals and the groups to which they belong (DeNora, 2003). Our goal as editors of this special issue is to apply the symbolic interactionist optic to the sociological study of music. We hope to build upon the earlier interactionist work of scholars such as Kotarba and Vannini (2006) through the concepts of identity, technology, and music communities. In the present section, we explore the relationship of music and identity.

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