Music Sociology explores 16 different genres to demonstrate that music everywhere reflects social values, organisational processes, meanings and individual identity. Presenting original ethnographic research, the contributors use descriptions of subcultures to explain the concepts of music sociology, including the rituals that link people to music, the past and each other. Music Sociology introduces the sociology of music to those who may not be familiar with it and provides a basic historical perspective on popular music in America and beyond.

part I|2 pages

Journey into American Music

part II|2 pages

Experience of Music: Ritual and Authenticity

part III|2 pages

Experience of Music: Stratification and Identity

part IV|2 pages

Experience of Music: Subcultures and Musical Enclaves