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by Tia DeNora

Theodor W. Adorno broached key questions about the role of music in contemporary society and argued that it affected consciousness and was a means of social management and control. Asserting that music sociology can be greatly enriched by returning to Adorno's focus on music as a dynamic medium of social life, this book considers cognition, the emotions and music as a management device.
Download After Adorno: Rethinking Music Sociology epub
ISBN: 0521830257
ISBN13: 978-0521830256
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: Tia DeNora
Language: English
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 8, 2003)
Pages: 192 pages
ePUB size: 1201 kb
FB2 size: 1584 kb
Rating: 4.5
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Professor DeNora's writing is largely forthright, and relatively unclouded by the common contemporary addictions to jargon. Her engagement with the work of Adorno is serious and thoughtful, but unfortunately one-sided. After a fairly careful review of Adorno's main ideas about music, gleaned from a large sample of his writing about music, she proceeds to critique its limitations and offer a methodological alternative. Unfortunately, she seems not to have considered the Adorno works which speak most directly to his methodological conception. Like Hegel, Adorno's work is subtly and powerfully interconnected, and his thoughts on music are especially intimately related to his philosophical critique of positivism. Although this view is touched on in the introductory lectures on the Sociology of Music, the elements most relevant to DeNora's own suggestions are not in any music work, but in The Positivist Dispute in German sociology, where Adorno's powerful opening essay makes it clear why he rejects clipboard sociology interviews and questionnaires, especially for topics as subtle as music. As the whole second half of her book tries to argue that Adorno overlooked the prospects of this kind of an approach, ignoring his explicit and articulate arguments against it presents a serious problem. If After Adorno can inspire readers to return to Adorno and rethink what he said afresh, it will do music sociology a great service. From that basis, some new possibilities may eventually emerge.
grand star
While DeNora - in true Adronian style - keeps a dialectically critical distance to Adorno's writings, she pulls off a sound overture of his output, but also executes a sophisticated theoretical extrapolation of Adorno's concerns grounded in empirically interpretative case studies. Overall a purposeful book that fantastically contributes to the growing literature of music sociology.