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The Study of Ethnomusicology

Thirty-One Issues and Concepts

A landmark in ethnomusicology, expanded and revised

The first edition of this book, The Study of Ethnomusicology: Twenty-Nine Issues and Concepts, has become a classic in the field. This revised edition, written twenty-two years after the original, continues the tradition of providing engagingly written analysis that offers the most comprehensive discussion of the field available anywhere.

This book looks at the field of ethnomusicology--defined as the study of the world's musics from a comparative perspective, and the study of all music from an anthropological perspective--as a field of research. Nettl selects thirty-one concepts and issues that have been the subjects of continuing debate by ethnomusicologists, and he adds four entirely new chapters and thoroughly updates the text to reflect new developments and concerns in the field.

Each chapter looks at its subject historically and goes on to make its points with case studies, many taken from Nettl's own field experience. Drawing extensively on his field research in the Middle East, Western urban settings, and North American Indian societies, as well as on a critical survey of the available literature, Nettl advances our understanding of both the diversity and universality of the world's music. This revised edition's four new chapters deal with the doing and writing of musical ethnography, the scholarly study of instruments, aspects of women's music and women in music, and the ethnomusicologist's study of his or her own culture.

"In 1983 Nettl set a standard for a readable, conversation-style discussion of scholarly issues, and this version continues in the same vein. The reading is dense but not pedantic. In fact, the style verges on the colloquial without losing vigor, and the book is all the more enjoyable and valuable for that style. Highly recommended."--Choice

"Presenting a complete history of the field of ethnomusicology, this updated edition represents a tremendous accomplishment. It does a wonderful, even heroic job of highlighting the major issues in the field, then tracing them over time to reflect their development and interrelatedness."--Ellen Koskoff, professor of ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music and past president of the Society for Ethnomusicology

"This revised version of The Study of Ethnomusicology is an astounding achievement by a scholar who has shaped the field more than anyone else. I can think of no one else who could have achieved this breadth with such authoritativeness. The updated material is worked seamlessly into the text, and the new chapters are a tour de force."--Anthony Seeger

Bruno Nettl is professor emeritus of music and anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An internationally renowned musicologist, he is both a founder and past president of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the author of many books.

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