Associate 2002-03

Thomas R Turino



Professor Turino is working on a comparative theoretical framework involving four different fields of music-making: participatory, presentational, high-fidelity, and studio. Each is defined by its own distinct ethics, aesthetics, goals, types of social relations, and style characteristics. Against this backdrop, he is conducting a comparative study of participatory musics in various societies around the world to explain the concrete ways that music, dance, and musical occasions create community cohesion and social participation.

During his Center appointment, he will continue work on this book-length project, titled Music and Social Participation. The book is based on a variety of ethnographic case studies and will provide a model of participatory music that he hopes will have pragmatic uses for people involved in community development and arts education. Replacing such problematic concepts as folk, popular, and art musics, Professor Turino’s broader framework provides a tool for scholars to reconceptualize cross-cultural similarities in musical practices and styles within a given musical field.