By Ellen Koskoff
during this highbrow memoir, Koskoff describes her trip in the course of the maze of social historical past and scholarship regarding her paintings reading the intersection of song and gender. Koskoff collects new, revised, and hard-to-find released fabric from mid-1970s via 2010 to track the evolution of ethnomusicological wondering ladies, gender, and tune, supplying a point of view of ways questions emerged and adjusted in these years, in addition to Koskoff's reassessment of the early years and improvement of the sector. Her objective: a private map of the various paths to knowing she took over the a long time, and the way each one encouraged, knowledgeable, and clarified her scholarship. for instance, Koskoff indicates how a choice for face-to-face interactions with dwelling humans served her most sensible in her study, and the way her now-classic paintings inside of Brooklyn's Hasidic neighborhood infected her feminist recognition whereas top her into ethnomusicological studies.
An unusual merging of retrospective and rumination, A Feminist Ethnomusicology: Writings on tune and Gender offers a witty and disarmingly frank travel in the course of the formative a long time of the sector and should be of curiosity to ethnomusicologists, anthropologists, students of the background and improvement of feminist proposal, and people engaged in fieldwork.
encompasses a foreword by means of Suzanne Cusick framing Koskoff's occupation and an in depth bibliography supplied by way of the author.
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11 Anthropologists, such as Nancy Fraser (1989) and others, soon pointed out that in not providing enough structure to the “big stories” of power relations, there was no place in Foucault’s philosophy for resistance and the ultimate overthrow of male dominance. If power was everywhere, coming from multiple directions and sources at once, requiring constant diligence, they reasoned, where did autonomy exist and how could constantly created docile bodies ever become empowered? Power Relations in Fieldwork Yet another new area of intellectual inquiry came into being during the 1980s that had a profound effect on my thinking.
A Theoretical Shift: From Women to Gender As in anthropology, a theoretical shift in feminist ethnomusicology occurred during the 1970s and ’80s, when scholars began to move away from an earlier form of compensatory scholarship toward a radically different conceptualization of gender as a socially constructed system regulating all forms of human behavior. A new form of music scholarship emerged that was heavily influenced by anthropology and social and cultural history, one that sought to understand music not simply as a product of human behavior, but also as an interpretive site for enacting and performing gender relations.
Gross published a collection of essays that examined various case studies of women’s ritual practices outside the West. ” This collection was especially helpful to From Women to Gender 29 me, as I was dealing with women, music, and ritual within the Lubavitcher Hasidic culture and was finding it difficult to understand what I saw then as a highly skewed musical and social system. And it also energized me—after all, these scholars seemed angry, and I shared this anger without yet truly understanding the whole story.
A Feminist Ethnomusicology: Writings on Music and Gender by Ellen Koskoff