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Roads to Music Sociology

  • Alfred Smudits


  • About the insights into societies by music sociology

  • Music Sociology and its function in the sociological discourse

  • Prominent and international


Part of the Musik und Gesellschaft book series (MUGE)

Table of contents

About this book


Music sociology occupies a special position in the social and cultural sciences. The terminology alone – in German it is ‘Musiksoziologie’ and not ‘Soziologie der Musik’ – indicates many possible approaches: Is ‘music sociology’ a subdiscipline within sociology or musicology? Or is it a discipline on its own, espousing significant differences from sociology and musicology alike? On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Department of Music Sociology at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna – probably the only one in the world to bear the name as a separate department – decided to clarify the state of music sociology. Some of the world’s most prominent representatives of the discipline were invited to participate in this project and present their own viewpoints on the various approaches to music sociology. Their contributions address the particular research objects of music sociology (institutions of musical life; production, distribution and consumption of music; music-making; ‘works’, genres and repertoires; etc.) as well as the different methods of research (stock-taking, surveys, interviews, music analysis, biographical research, etc.).

with contributions by Alfred Smudits, Peter J. Martin, Antoine Hennion, Marie Buscatto, Motti Regev, Howard S. Becker, Tia DeNora and Christian Kaden

Target Groups
Students and lecturers in sociology, social sciences and musicology.

The Editor
Prof. Dr. Alfred Smudits is head of the Department of Music Sociology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.


Music Sociology Ethnomusicology Gender in Music Digitisation Musical cosmopolitism Aesthetic culture Massmodernity

Editors and affiliations

  • Alfred Smudits
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für MusiksoziologieUniversität für Musik und darstellende KunstWienAustria

About the editors

Prof. Dr. Alfred Smudits is head of the Department of Music Sociology at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Roads to Music Sociology
  • Editors Alfred Smudits
  • Series Title Musik und Gesellschaft
  • Series Abbreviated Title Musik und Gesellschaft
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-658-22278-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-658-22279-6
  • Series ISSN 0259-076X
  • Series E-ISSN 2522-8331
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 158
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Culture
    Media Sociology
    Knowledge - Discourse
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