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The Portable Community: Place and Displacement in Bluegrass Festival Life

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The Portable Community: Place and Displacement in Bluegrass Festival Life

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Description

This book explores the various ways in which individuals use music and culture to understand and respond to changes in their natural and built environments. Drawing on over 15 years of ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and participant observation, the author develops the thesis that the relationships, networks, and intimate forms of social interaction in the “portable” community cultivated at bluegrass festival events are significant cultural formations that shape participants’ relationships to their localities. With specific attention to the ways in which the strength of these relationships are translated into meaningful sites of community identity, place, and action following devastating local floods that destroyed homes and businesses, displacing residents for years, The Portable Community: Place and Displacement in Bluegrass Festival Life sheds light on the strength of such communities when tested and under external threat. A study of the central role of arts and music in grappling with social and environmental change, including their role in facilitating disaster relief and recovery, this volume will appeal to scholars of sociology with interests in symbolic interactionism, the sociology of music, culture, and the sociology of disaster.

ISBN

9781138496378

Publication Date

2020

Publisher

Routledge

City

Abingdon, Oxon

Disciplines

Civic and Community Engagement | Ethnomusicology | Music | Place and Environment | Sociology

Comments

Description and cover image courtesy of Routledge.

Subject Areas

Bluegrass music -- Social aspects; Folk music festivals -- Social aspects

Author/Editor Bio

Robert Owen Gardner is Professor of Sociology at Linfield College. He holds a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a B.A. from Bowling Green State University.

Series Information

Interactionist currents

The Portable Community: Place and Displacement in Bluegrass Festival Life

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