The Strange Music of Social Life
A Dialogue on Dialogic Sociology
Publication: Jun 11
Publication: Jun 11
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How the music of human interaction can help us better understand the nature of social science researchRead an excerpt from Chapter 1 (pdf).
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
Tuning Up Program Notes • Michael M. Bell with all the authors Theme 1. Strange Music: Notes toward a Dialogic Sociology • Michael M. Bell Development 2. Sociologizing the Strange: A Strong Program for a Weak Sociology • Vanina Leschziner 3. Stranger Danger: Response to Michael Bell’s “Strange Music” • John Levi Martin 4. A Sisyphean Process? Dialogue on Dialogical Sociology • Marc W. Steinberg 5. Growing a Chorus • Judith Blau 6. Why I Like Contemporary Classical Music and Contemporary Sociological Theory: Three Ironies of Michael Bell’s "Strange Music" • Shamus Khan 7. Response to Michael Bell: Reflections Based on Perspectives from Popular Culture, Fine Arts, and Globalization • Diana Crane 8. A Three Part Recension • Andrew Abbott 9. Strange to the Structure: A Dialogue on "Strange Music," Performance Studies, Jazz Trumpet, and Billie Holiday • Stacy Holman Jones and Chris McRae 10. Re-creating Music in the Moment: Reflections on Michael Bell’s "Strange Music" and on Musical Performance • John Chappell Stowe Coda 11. If You Have All the Answers, You Don’t Have All the Questions • Michael M. Bell Contributors Index