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Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education

Masculinity, Class and Music Education

Boys Performing Middle-Class Masculinities through Music

Authors: Hall, Clare

  • Challenges prevalent understandings in feminist and queer musicology of singing as a ‘feminised’ or ‘unmasculine’ practice
  • Explores gender, class and education issues from the uncommon perspective of boys and their singing voices 
  • Theorise how certain forms of masculinity are privileged and reproduced through music and music education
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About this book

This book offers a provocative sociological examination of masculinity, class and music education within the context of a unique and fascinating culture: the classical musical world of choirboys. The myriad cultural meanings embodied in the ‘boy voice’ are unravelled through compelling musical narratives of young choirboys, their mothers, and their teachers. The book investigates how boys negotiate dominant gender-class discourses and the various pedagogies involved in producing middle-class masculinities during primary school and early years contexts. Drawing on the theoretical resources of Bourdieu to develop the concept of ‘musical habitus’, the continued symbolic distinction of the choirboy is analysed in order to better understand how culture is simultaneously reproduced and evolving through music. This interdisciplinary work at the juncture of pedagogy and culture will appeal to social science researchers, educators and arts practitioners interested in the sociocultural dynamics of music.

About the authors

Clare Hall is Lecturer in Performing Arts at Monash University, Australia. Her research is located in the sociology of education and the creative arts, with a focus on music and intersectionality.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-50255-1
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Hardcover $58.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-50254-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Masculinity, Class and Music Education
Book Subtitle
Boys Performing Middle-Class Masculinities through Music
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50255-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-50255-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-50254-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 219
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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