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The Strange Music of Social Life presents a dialogue on dialogic sociology, explored through the medium of music. Sociologist and composer Michael Mayerfeld Bell presents an argument that both sociology and classical music remain largely in the grip of a nineteenth-century totalizing ambition of prediction and control. He provides the refreshing approach of "strangency" to explain a sociology that tries to understand not only the regularities of social life but also the social conditions in which people do what we do not expect.

Nine important sociologists and musicians respond-often vigorously-to the conversation Bell initiates by raising pivotal questions. The Strange Music of Social Life concludes with Bell's reply to those responses and offers new insight into sociology and music sociology.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. The Program (Contents)
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Tuning Up
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  1. Program Notes
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. Theme
  1. 1. Strange Music: Notes toward a Dialogic Sociology
  2. pp. 15-52
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  1. Development
  1. 2. Sociologizing the Strange: A Strong Program for a Weak Sociology
  2. pp. 55-74
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  1. 3. Stranger Danger: Response to Michael Bell’s “Strange Music”
  2. pp. 75-89
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  1. 4. A Sisyphean Process? Dialogue on Dialogical Sociology
  2. pp. 91-106
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  1. 5. Growing a Chorus
  2. pp. 107-108
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  1. 6. Why I Like Contemporary Classical Music and Contemporary Sociological Theory: Three Ironies of Michael Bell’s “Strange Music”
  2. pp. 109-135
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  1. 7. Response to Michael Bell: Reflections Based on Perspectives from Popular Culture, Fine Arts, and Globalization
  2. pp. 137-146
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  1. 8. A Three-Part Recension
  2. pp. 147-167
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  1. 9. Strange to the Structure: A Dialogue on “Strange Music,” Performance Studies, Jazz Trumpet, and Billie Holiday
  2. pp. 169-184
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  1. 10. Re-creating Music in the Moment: Reflections on Michael Bell’s “Strange Music” and on Musical Performance
  2. pp. 185-190
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  1. Coda
  1. 11. If You Have All the Answers, You Don’t Have All the Questions
  2. pp. 193-232
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  1. Contributors
  2. p. 233
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-240
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781439907252
Related ISBN
9781439907245
MARC Record
OCLC
752064936
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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