Division, inequality and taste
Musicking in social space
in Connecting sounds
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This chapter continues the discussion of taste begun in the previous chapter, considering how tastes are socially distributed. This issue is usually discussed with reference to the work of Bourdieu in music sociology, but this chapter suggests another, more fruitful, path based upon the importance of mutual influence in social networks and Blau’s conception of social space. Much of the chapter is devoted to a discussion of the ways in which music both reflects and reproduces existing social divisions. However, it concludes with a discussion of the ways in which music might bridge and help to narrow social divisions.

Connecting sounds

The social life of music


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