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Ethnomusicology, an academic discipline founded in 1950, has been defined as the study of the music of others. This definition, at once whimsical and very nearly true, is incomplete. Many of its strongest threads have emerged because a person or a people have wanted to understand themselves, their history, and their identity.
This stimulating Very Short Introduction to music invites us to really think about music and the values and qualities we ascribe to it. The world teems with different kinds of music-traditional, folk, classical, jazz, rock, pop-and each type of music tends to come with its own way of thinking. Drawing on a wealth of accessible examples ranging from Beethoven to Chinese zither music, Nicholas Cook attempts to provide a framework for thinking about all music. By examining the personal, social, and cultural values that music embodies, the book reveals the shortcomings of traditional conceptions of music, and sketches a more inclusive approach emphasizing the role of performers and listeners. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
"If you want to know what anthropology is, look at what anthropologists do," write the authors of Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction. This engaging overview of the field combines an accessible account of some of the discipline's guiding principles and methodology with abundant examples and illustrations of anthropologists at work. Peter Just and John Monaghan begin by discussing anthropology's most important contributions to modern thought: its investigation of culture as a distinctively human characteristic, its doctrine of cultural relativism, and its methodology of fieldwork and ethnography. Drawing on examples from their own fieldwork in Indonesia and Mesoamerica, they examine specific ways in which social and cultural anthropology have advanced our understanding of human society and culture. Including an assessment of anthropology's present position, and a look forward to its likely future, Social and Cultural Anthropology will make fascinating reading for anyone curious about this social science. About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.
This VSI offers readers something no other introduction to folk music does: a cross-cultural, comparative approach, a survey of the basic issues as they have unfolded over time, and specific examples from widely differing sites of how folk musicians themselves, as well as corporations, non-governmental organizations, and governments have made full use of the available resources, older and newer strategies, and multiple agendas that keep the folk music process alive in an increasingly interconnected, yet still localized world.
'World music' emerged as an invention of the West from encounters with other cultures. This book draws readers into a remarkable range of these historical encounters, in which music had the power to evoke the exotic and to give voice to the voiceless. In the course of the volume's eight chapters the reader witnesses music's involvement in the modern world, but also the individual moments and particular histories that are crucial to an understanding of music's diversity. World Music is wide-ranging in its geographical scope, yet individual chapters provide in-depth treatments of selected music cultures and regional music histories. The book frequently zooms in on repertoires and musicians - such as Bob Marley, Bartok, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - and attempts to account for world music's growing presence and popularity at the beginning of the twenty-first century. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Aufgrund des steigenden Wettbewerbsdrucks und der Anforderung an den Einkauf seine Leistung darzulegen, gewinnt das Thema Erfolgsmessung im Einkauf immer mehr an Bedeutung. Obwohl dabei häufig noch immer monetäre Erfolgsgrößen (Savings) an erster Stelle stehen, rücken vermehrt auch nicht-monetäre Ziele (z.B. Innovationen, Versorgungsicherheit, Produktqualität) in den Fokus des Einkaufs. Speziell beim Investitionsgütereinkauf ergeben sich dabei jedoch spezifische Herausforderungen, wie z.B. fehlenden Referenzpreise. Zur Untersuchung der beschriebenen Thematik wurde eine Studie mit 18 Unternehmen auf Basis persönlicher Interviews durchgeführt. Die Publikation zeigt die Ergebnisse der empirischen Untersuchung zu den Themen Investitionsgütereinkauf, Erfolgsmessung im Einkauf, Savings-Messung sowie Savings-Messung beim Investitionsgütereinkauf und gibt jeweils praktische Handlungsempfehlungen.
Wie ist Musikgeschichte zu erzählen? Welche Musikgeschichte ist zu erzählen? Wem ist Musikgeschichte zu erzählen? Kritische Grundlagendebatten über Fragen der Musikhistoriographie erfreuen sich in den letzten Jahren bemerkenswerter Beliebtheit. Die in vorliegendem Tagungsbericht versammelten Texte schließen an diese theoretische und methodologische Selbstreflexion der Musikwissenschaft an und diskutieren drei Themenbereiche: die Globalität der Musikgeschichte, die Narrativität von musikhistorischen Erzählungen und die Historizität der Musik.

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