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Beating time: resistance and the subaltern voice in prison work songs

Mary-Ann Constantine and Gerald Porter

in Fragments and Meaning in Traditional Song: From the Blues to the Baltic

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262887
eISBN:
9780191734441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262887.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter discusses resistance and the subaltern voice present in prison work songs. It shows that the songs that accompany work and follow its rhythm stand as a collective challenge to ideas of ... More


Black Music before Jazz

Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli

in Free Jazz/Black Power

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781628460391
eISBN:
9781626740846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628460391.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on the evolution of African American music over the centuries of black presence in the Americas. It details African characteristics that remained in spite of slavery, and ... More


Preaching: The Anointed Poetics of Breath

Anderson Blanton

in Hittin' the Prayer Bones: Materiality of Spirit in the Pentecostal South

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469623979
eISBN:
9781469623993
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469623979.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter explores a sacred soundscape that is punctuated by a particular technique of respiration practiced in southern Appalachia and within the African American church throughout the American ... More


Work Songs Social Practice and Meaning

Nicholas Wolterstorff

in Art Rethought: The Social Practices of Art

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780198747758
eISBN:
9780191810671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747758.003.0017
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter analyses the social practice of singing while working—sung work—and of the meaning of the singing within that social practice. The chapter argues that sung work is a new entity. The ... More


Lining Out the Word: Dr. Watts Hymn Singing in the Music of Black Americans

William Dargan

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520234482
eISBN:
9780520928923
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234482.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This book takes a close look at an important and little-studied component of African American music, one that has roots in Europe, but was adapted by African American congregations and went on to ... More


Art Rethought: The Social Practices of Art

Nicholas Wolterstorff

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780198747758
eISBN:
9780191810671
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747758.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

Most philosophers of art of the modern period have concentrated their attention on engaging works of the arts as objects of disinterested aesthetic attention, and on the works that reward that modern ... More


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