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After Adorno: Rethinking Music Sociology Paperback – 19 Apr 2010
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If Adorno paved the way for the disciplines of sociology and musicology to come together, DeNora has brought this interdisciplinary scholarship to a new level of sophistication, showing that the dialogue between musicology and sociology is still a two-way street." - William G. Roy
Argues that music sociology can be greatly enriched by a return to Adorno's focus on music as a dynamic medium of social life. A guide to 'how to do music sociology', it covers aesthetic ordering, cognition, the emotions and music as a management device through a series of grounded examples.See all Product description
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on 9 January 2010
This book reinstates Adorno's profound contribution to the sociology of music. For those of us without a background in sociology it is a slow read, but well worth the time to let Tia DeNora's articulate and intelligent insight sink in.
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on 19 February 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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DeNora's take on Adorno
on 12 August 2006 - Published on Amazon.com
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.