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Embedded, embodied and multivalent
Nick Crossley

In this chapter, I argue that music is social interaction. This argument connects to one of the central claims of relational sociology, discussed in the Chapter 1 ; namely, that social interaction is the most basic unit of sociological analysis and a building brick from which the more complex structures of the social world are composed. That is one reason for making the argument. By showing that music is social interaction, I frame it appropriately for relational analysis and understanding. However, it is also important to establish that music is social

in Connecting sounds
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The social life of music
Author: Nick Crossley

This book argues that music is an integral part of society – one amongst various interwoven forms of social interaction which comprise our social world; and shows that it has multiple valences which embed it within that wider world. Musical interactions are often also economic interactions, for example, and sometimes political interactions. They can be forms of identity work and contribute to the reproduction or bridging of social divisions. These valances allow music both to shape and be shaped by the wider network of relations and interactions making up our societies, in their local, national and global manifestations. The book tracks and explores these valances, combining a critical consideration of the existing literature with the development of an original, ‘relational’ approach to music sociology. The book extends the project begun in Crossley’s earlier work on punk and post-punk ‘music worlds’, revisiting this concept and the network ideas underlying it whilst both broadening the focus through a consideration of wider musical forms and by putting flesh on the bones of the network idea by considering the many types of interaction and relationships involved in music and the meanings which music has for its participants. Patterns of connection between music’s participants are important, whether they be performers, audience members or one of the various ‘support personnel’ who mediate between performers and audiences. However, so are the different uses to which participants put their participation and the meanings they co-create. These too must be foci for a relational music sociology.

The Politics of ‘Proximity’ and Performing Humanitarianism in Eastern DRC
Myfanwy James

the professional spheres. If all social interaction is performative, we all play multiple and overlapping roles, and few follow the same social script at work as when they are with their friends ( Goffman, 1978 ). In MSF however, this is particularly exaggerated: MSF imagines volunteers to be ‘unencumbered by social obligations at home’, similarly acquiring ‘few in the field’ ( Redfield, 2012 : 362). For many Congolese staff, this is a particularly complex endeavour: some are members of the communities in which they live and work, embedded in political and social

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
A Focus on Community Engagement
Frédéric Le Marcis, Luisa Enria, Sharon Abramowitz, Almudena-Mari Saez, and Sylvain Landry B. Faye

accounts we aim to disrupt this linear narrative by showing how community engagement was inscribed in local social dynamics and produced through fierce contestations and local-level mediation, with uncertain and unstable outcomes. Methodology This is an article about small events during the Ebola response in the Mano River region. Each ethnographic case study presents original data to show how localised social interactions played out during critical moments

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Author: Geoffrey Cubitt

This book deals with history's relationship to memory. By individual memory, it means a memory that is located in the minds of individuals and through which those individuals have knowledge of things that fall within their personal experience. Memory of this kind is an integral part of the mental functioning of individuals and is closely linked to concepts of personality and selfhood. But, individual or personal memory is also a part of the mental equipment that allows human beings to function in social settings. Its forms are influenced by its social uses, and it makes a contribution to social knowledge and social understanding that can be explored from a social as well as an individual angle. The book explores how individual memory is a resource both for individuals within society and for societies themselves and how it is connected to larger social processes. The exploration of social memory begins as a facet of the discussion of the social dimensions of in individual; it is carried further through the discussion of the workings of memory in social groups. It is then completed by the discussion of the ways in which representations, understandings and senses of the past are produced within the larger society.

Parallels and divergences
Martyn Hammersley

pioneer social anthropologist A. R[adcliffe] Brown, from him to his student W. Lloyd Warner …, and from Warner to Goffman, who worked very closely with him’ (Becker 2003: 659). And it is certainly true that the influence of Durkheim and Radcliffe-Brown on Goffman’s work is important. However, it seems to me that Becker underplays the parallels between Simmel and Goffman, and probably thereby the influence of Hughes.4 Simmel is perhaps best known for defining sociology as concerned with social forms that are generated out of processes of social interaction (see Wolff 2

in The radicalism of ethnomethodology
Martyn Hammersley

its impact was particularly significant amongst qualitative researchers. It was widely regarded as offering a fundamental challenge to the then dominant quantitative approaches in Anglo-American sociology; and, along with Cicourel’s empirical work, and other developments, it stimulated detailed qualitative investigation of processes of social interaction, and encouraged a reflective, rather than procedural, approach to research method. Its impact was much greater than that of later ethnomethodological critiques of conventional social research. However, Method and

in The radicalism of ethnomethodology
Networked spectrality in Charlie Brooker’s 'Be Right Back’
Neal Kirk

, Martha finally understands that the comparatively static (re)construction of Embodied Ash is endangering her memories of Living Ash. At the heart of her growing discomfort with Embodied Ash has been a thematic concern of the entire episode: all social interaction and self-presentation is contextual, and constantly being negotiated, but this process is complicated by mediated

in The Gothic and death
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Keeping up appearances
Kinneret Lahad

… A with is a party of more than one whose members are perceived to be “together.” (Goffman 2010, 19) The different accounts analyzed above show that the temporal dimension of participation units impact upon one’s social interaction. The demarcation of time into ordinary and extraordinary time has much bearing on the visibility of the participation units to which single women belong, at different times and in different social settings. Throughout the texts, single women reveal their hesitations about the obstacles attendant to being alone in public. Commonly, they

in A table for one
Jorge Téllez Carrasco and José Blanes Jiménez

Santa Cruz. At a national level, activities were coordinated by the Vice-Ministry of Biodiversity, Forest Resources and Environment. The project established a management unit in the area to manage the project and coordinate technical assistance. Thus, collaborative research coordination for social action was established in this unit. The project involved a wide range of participants. To facilitate the adoption of a research–action approach, project coordination was undertaken by a CEBEM researcher. This facilitated the establishment of strategies for monitoring social

in Knowledge, democracy and action