‘At First I Saw It as a Toy’: Life Stories, Social Consciousness and Music Ethnography

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    82 Downloads (Pure)

    Abstract

    This article examines the role of life narratives as discursive spaces for the performance of individual resistance. Through the inspection of three interviews with professional musicians in Athens, the essay will illustrate how the recounting of nodal events in their lives and careers facilitates an assertion of their current social ideology and their disillusionment with the popular music industry in which they operate. Ultimately, what follows will suggest a mode of listening to individual utterances and narratives as discursive forms of resistance that need to be appreciated as social acts as opposed to mere ethnographic data.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)19-28
    Number of pages10
    JournalIrish Journal of Anthropology
    Volume14
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • Ethnomusicology
    • Greece
    • Professional Musicians
    • Discursive Resistance
    • narrative
    • power

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Music
    • Anthropology

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of '‘At First I Saw It as a Toy’: Life Stories, Social Consciousness and Music Ethnography'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this