For decades, ethnomusicologists across the world have considered how to affect positive change for the communities they work with. Through illuminating case studies and reflections by a diverse array of scholars and practitioners, Transforming Ethnomusicology aims to both expand dialogues about social engagement within ethnomusicology and, at the same time, transform how we understand ethnomusicology as a discipline.
The first volume of Transforming Ethnomusicology focuses on ethical practice and collaboration, examining the power relations inherent in ethnography and offering new strategies for transforming institutions and ethnographic methods. These reflections on the broader framework of ethnomusicological practice are complemented by case studies that document activist approaches to the study of music in challenging contexts of poverty, discrimination, and other unjust systems.
About the authors
Beverley Diamond is Associate Professor of Music, Associate Dean of Fine Arts, and Director of the Graduate Program in Music at York University. She has done extensive research on music, particularly in Canada, and has published widely.
"A testament to the labor of activism, advocacy, and community involvement, Transforming Ethnomusicology lays the groundwork for contemporary practices in applied research that frame the multidimensional roles of scholarly involvement in music-driven social justice - a timely contribution to the field."
--Adriana Helbig, Associate Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh
"A highly original and unusually rewarding read. If anyone wondered what twenty-first century ethnomusicology could become, Transforming Ethnomusicology provides creative ideas and inspiration. Bursting with fresh insights, it speaks to issues of major concern and defines the field."
--Lee Tong Soon, Lehigh University, general editor of the Yearbook for Traditional Music
Other titles by Beverley Diamond
Audio Recording, Mediation, and Citizenship in Newfoundland and Labrador
Transforming Ethnomusicology Volume II
Political, Social and Ecological Issues
Aboriginal Music in Contemporary
Echoes and Exchanges
Aboriginal Music in Contemporary Canada
Echoes and Exchanges
Native American Music in Eastern North America: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture Includes CD
Visions of Sound
Musical Instruments of First Nations Communities in Northeastern America
Issues of Hegemony and Identity