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Music, Longing and Belonging

Articulations of the Self and the Other in the Musical Realm

Editor(s): Magdalena Waligórska-Huhle
Contributors: Mario Dunkel, Magdalena Waligorska, Oksana Sarkisova, Ulrike Prager, Akbhe Kenny, Josephine Haigents,

Book Description

With contributions from musicologists, historians, sociologists, anthropologists and literary scholars, this book provides an interdisciplinary perspective on how different modes of musical sociability – ranging from opera performances to collective singing and internet fan communities – inspire “imagined communities” that not only transcend national borders, but also challenge the boundaries between the self and the other. While the relationship between music and nationhood has been widely researched, few comparative and transnational studies on music and identity exist.

The main focus of this volume, therefore, is on forms of musical belonging not bound by national identity, which take place in contexts of appropriation and displacement. The essays collected here address different modes of musical self-expression through the art of others and frame music as a unique medium of desire, which not only channels the experience of belonging during times of social and political upheaval, but also induces its opposite – non-belonging, detachment and dissent.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4830-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4830-1
Date of Publication: 01/07/2013
Pages / Size: 235 / A5
Price: £44.99


Magdalena Waligórska is a cultural historian and sociologist. She is currently an Assistant Professor of East European History and Culture at Bremen University, Germany. She is the author of Klezmer’s Afterlife: An Ethnography of the Jewish Music Revival in Poland and Germany (Oxford University Press, 2013).