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New book by Jonathan Stock

23 Apr 2021

We are pleased to announce the publication of Jonathan Stock's new book, co-written with Chou Chiener, Everyday Musical Life among the Indigenous Bunun, Taiwan.

The distinctive multipart vocal traditions of the Bunun, such as the sung prayer pasibutbut, are relatively well known among ethnomusicologists, but this study presents its consultants not so much as bearers of timeless tradition but rather as contemporary people who inhabit a broad range of present-day contexts and surroundings, and who turn to music of many kinds in those settings. Here is a short description:

Published by Routledge as part of the SOAS Studies in Music series,  Everyday Musical Life among the Indigenous Bunun, Taiwan contributes to multidisciplinary research on music in everyday human life by pushing beyond the urbanized Western populations routinely featured in such writing. Based on ethnographic study in Buklavu, a village in southern Taiwan mostly inhabited by the indigenous Bunun, the book explores villagers’ contemporaneous musical engagements and pathways, paying heed both to imported music—such as TV theme tunes, karaoke singing, church hymns—and to the transformation of Bunun traditions through school and community interventions and folkloric festivals. The case study underpins a new, widely applicable, theoretical model for the study of music in everyday life in global society which is historically engaged, sensitive to individual and group diversity, cognisant of the interplay of the mundane and the exceptional, and primed to support applied research.
 
Introduction
Chapter 1: Echoes of the Past: Apprehending Indigenous Sound in Taiwan
Chapter 2: Toward New Perspectives on Music in Everyday Life
Chapter 3: Music in the Moment, Or One Day in Buklavu
Chapter 4: Sunday Mornings, Friday Nights: Music at Significant Weekly Occasions
Chapter 5: Elaborating the Everyday: Music in the Annual Ear-Shooting Festival
Conclusions
Glossaries
References
Index
 
April 2021: 6 x 9: 168pp, 38 illustrations
Hb: 978-0-367-74848-7 | £120.00. Use code "FLY21" on the publisher's website for a discount of 20%
eBook: 978-1-003-15986-5
 
https://www.routledge.com/Everyday-Musical-Life-among-the-Indigenous-Bunun-Taiwan/Stock-Chiener/p/book/9780367748487#
Everyday Musical Life among the Indigenous Bunun, Taiwan contributes to multidisciplinary research on music in everyday human life by pushing beyond the urbanized Western populations routinely featured in such writing. Based on ethnographic study in Buklavu, a village in southern Taiwan mostly inhabited by the indigenous Bunun, the book explores villagers’ contemporaneous musical engagements ...
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