The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music offers the first collection of source readings and new essays on the latest thinking in the sociology of music. Interest in music sociology has increased dramatically over the past decade, yet there is no anthology of essential and introductory readings. The volume includes a comprehensive survey of the field’s history, current state and future research directions. It offers six source readings, thirteen popular contemporary essays, and sixteen fresh, new contributions, along with an extended Introduction by the editors. The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music represents a broad reference work that will be a resource for the current generation of sociologically inclined musicologists and musically inclined sociologists, whether researchers, teachers or students.

chapter |21 pages


Music and the Sociological Imagination—Pasts and Prospects

part I|4 pages

Source Readings

chapter 5|9 pages

Making Music Together

A Study in Social Relationship

chapter 6|6 pages

Sociology of Music

part II|3 pages

Approaches, Sites, and Debates

part A|28 pages

The Music Itself

chapter 7|7 pages

Music as Social Meaning

chapter 9|8 pages

Music and the Sociological Gaze

part B|35 pages


chapter 10|9 pages

Ethnography and Interaction

chapter 11|9 pages

Performance Perspectives

chapter 12|13 pages

Production Perspectives

part C|27 pages


chapter 13|9 pages


Music, Community, and Self

chapter 14|8 pages

Taste as Distinction

chapter 15|7 pages

Taste as Performance

part III|2 pages

Politics, Social Issues, and Musical Cultures

chapter 16|9 pages

Resistance and Social Movements

chapter 17|9 pages

Gender and Sexuality

chapter 18|9 pages

Hip Hop and Race

chapter 19|9 pages

Cultural Globalization

Pop-Rock and Musical Cosmopolitanism

chapter 21|9 pages

Art Music and Social Class

chapter 22|14 pages


chapter 23|10 pages

The Body and Dance

part IV|3 pages

Industries And Institutions

chapter 24|10 pages

Recorded Music

chapter 25|8 pages

Live Music

chapter 27|12 pages


part V|2 pages

Technology And Mediation

chapter 29|9 pages


chapter 30|9 pages

Music and the Moving Image

A Case Study of Hans Zimmer

chapter 31|10 pages


part VI|2 pages

New Directions

chapter 32|8 pages

After Adorno

chapter 33|9 pages

Bourdieu and Beyond

chapter 34|9 pages

Mediation Theory

chapter 35|8 pages

From Signification to Affect