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Pursuing the dream of a musical vocation—particularly in rock music—is typically regarded as an adolescent pipedream. Music is marked as an appropriate leisure activity, but one that should be discarded upon entering adulthood. How then do many men and women aspire to forge careers in music upon entering adulthood? 

In Destined for Greatness, sociologist Michael Ramirez examines the lives of forty-eight independent rock musicians who seek out such non-normative choices in a college town renowned for its music scene. He explores the rich life course trajectories of women and men to explore the extent to which pathways are structured to allow some, but not all, individuals to fashion careers in music worlds. Ramirez suggests a more nuanced understanding of factors that enable the pursuit of musical livelihoods well into adulthood.  
 

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter 1. First Hearing the Sounds: Coming of Age and the Discovery of Music
  2. pp. 23-49
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  1. Chapter 2. First Making the Sounds: Negotiating Adulthood in a Musical World
  2. pp. 50-76
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  1. Chapter 3. I Feel It in My Bones: The Development of Musician Identities
  2. pp. 77-103
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  1. Chapter 4. Men and Masculinities in a Musical World
  2. pp. 104-130
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  1. Chapter 5. Women and the Challenges of Musical Life Course Trajectories
  2. pp. 131-158
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  1. Chapter 6. The Great Beyond: Commitment to Music and Looking toward the Future
  2. pp. 159-184
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 185-202
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 203-206
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 207-212
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  1. References
  2. pp. 213-226
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-232
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  1. About the Author
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813588148
Related ISBN
9780813588124
MARC Record
OCLC
1029759709
Pages
244
Launched on MUSE
2018-04-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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