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Zbornik radova Akademije umetnosti
2016, iss. 4, pp. 133-144
article language: Serbian
document type: unclassified
published on: 18/11/2016
doi: 10.5937/ZbAkUm1604133R
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Anthropology of music: Paradigms and perspectives
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Ethnology and Anthropology


Music represents a relational category, in the sense that people write meaning into it, and later by the means of the same music they write the meaning into other people. Therefore, I regard music as a cultural construct. Music does not possess universal meanings, but it forms its numerous meanings in different cultural environments, as well as in different individual perceptions. In anthropology, music is not studied in relation to its musical characteristics or aesthetical values. Anthropologists study its role in a wider social system, and strive to understand, by analysing the role of music in a society, the social and cultural system it belongs to - musical structure is less important here. The goal of the paper is to give an overview of the paradigms in ethnology and anthropology which have been used in studying music. In addition, a hypothetical-theoretical framework for studying music in institutions is set. Although the theory of hubs, which is presented here as a potential framework for studying music in institutions, is exemplified by traditional music, it can be applied to any genre of music. The basic theoretical framework offered by the authors Nadia Kiwan and Hanna Mainhof has been supplemented by certain parts which the author thought appropriate for studying music in institutions, both in ethnological and anthropological discourse.


music; paradigms; theory of hubs; ethnology and anthropology; traditional music


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