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Transforming Ethnomusicology Volume II

Political, Social and Ecological Issues

edited by Beverley Diamond & Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco

Oxford University Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2021
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    Mar 2021
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    Apr 2021
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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 second volume of Transforming Ethnomusicology takes as a point of departure the recognition that colonial and environmental damages are grounded in historical and institutional failures to respect the land and its peoples. Featuring Indigenous and other perspectives from Brazil, North America, Australia, Africa, and Europe this volume critically engages with how ethnomusicologists can support marginalized communities in sustaining their musical knowledge and threatened geographies.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

"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

"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

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