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Author Hall, Clare (Clare Angela), author

Title Masculinity, class and music education : boys performing middle-class masculinities through music / Clare Hall
Published London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Palgrave studies in gender and education
Palgrave studies in gender and education.
Contents Introduction: making masculinities through music -- Gendering the boy voice -- Venerating angels -- Thinking about masculinity: class and music with Bordieu -- Capitalising on musical mothering -- Becoming choirboys -- Vocalising gender and class -- Practising virtuosity -- Conclusion
Summary This book offers a provocative sociological examination of masculinity, class and music education within the context of a unique and fascinating culture: the classical musical world of choirboys. The myriad cultural meanings embodied in the 'boy voice' are unravelled through compelling musical narratives of young choirboys, their mothers, and their teachers. The book investigates how boys negotiate dominant gender-class discourses and the various pedagogies involved in producing middle-class masculinities during primary school and early years contexts. Drawing on the theoretical resources of Bourdieu to develop the concept of 'musical habitus', the continued symbolic distinction of the choirboy is analysed in order to better understand how culture is simultaneously reproduced and evolving through music. This interdisciplinary work at the juncture of pedagogy and culture will appeal to social science researchers, educators and arts practitioners interested in the sociocultural dynamics of music
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Choirboys -- Training of.
Men -- Psychology.
Music -- Performance -- Social aspects.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 113750255X (electronic bk.)
9781137502551 (electronic bk.)