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TitleLiving with music : an ethnography of sessions in St. John's, Newfoundland
AuthorBreslin, Samantha, 1985-
DescriptionThesis (M.A.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2011. Anthropology
Paginationix, 298 leaves.
SubjectFolk music--Social aspects--Newfoundland and Labrador--St. John's; Celtic music--Social aspects--Newfoundland and Labrador--St. John's; Folk musicians--Social aspects--Newfoundland and Labrador--St. John's--Interviews; Self-perception--Newfoundland and Labrador--St. John's
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Anthropology
Spatial CoverageCanada--Newfoundland and Labrador--Avalon Peninsula--St. John's
NotesBibliography: leaves 278-297.
AbstractThis thesis offers an ethnographic account of the musical lives of musicians who play traditional Irish and Newfoundland music at "sessions" in St. John's, Newfoundland. Drawing on interviews and participant observation, I explore the significance of this music for musicians in terms of their self-definitions, social networks, senses of place and belonging, and livelihoods. I show how, in learning and playing this music, musicians also learn to become a particular type of person, with certain aesthetics, ethics, and behaviours associated with ideas of "tradition, " "musicality, " "community, " and "place." I also explore the different ways that musicians express these ideas and the politics, hierarchies, and exclusions implicated in debates over what it means to be a "traditional musician." I argue that, in becoming part of these negotiations, musicians establish their position within the St. John's music scene and organize their lives and construct their selves through the performance of this music.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
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