Understanding Agency from the Decks to the Dance Floor

Gadir, T 2018, 'Understanding Agency from the Decks to the Dance Floor', Music Theory Online, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 1-15.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Understanding Agency from the Decks to the Dance Floor
Author(s) Gadir, T
Year 2018
Journal name Music Theory Online
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher Society for Music Theory
Abstract Agency is a concept employed widely and in varied ways across interdisciplinary music studies, from the philosophical to the experimental scientific. This article explores some of the theories and methodologies that inform such perspectives, bringing them into conversation with one another. It begins with a conceptual summary juxtaposing the accounts of musical agency that different fields employ and traces their intellectual influences. The article concludes with examples from interviews and fieldwork in contemporary dance club settings that illustrate, but also further complicate, the notion of musical agency.
Subject Social Theory
Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
Musicology and Ethnomusicology
Keyword(s) musical agency
electronic dance music
DJing
sociology
gender
DOI - identifier 10.30535/mto.24.3.7
Copyright notice © 2018 Society for Music Theory
ISSN 1067-3040
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