Group for ethnomusicologists or anyone interested in music studies
Social Psychology and Music expertise wanted
- 19 January 2019 at 1:39 pm EST #19531
[Posting on behalf of Joe Weed. Please respond directly to him if you have ideas or information to share. Thanks]
In conjunction with my work on fiddle tune histories, I’d like to talk with somebody whom I’d call a “social psychologist.” I’m not sure if such a specialty exists within psychologists, or if I’ll just need to talk with a general psychologist who understands roots music and Americans’ fascination with it.
This person, a qualified psychologist, could talk about the “collective” psychology of American society, and perhaps cover some of these topics:
• Our longing for folk roots, including in music
as societal ancestors (not necessarily genre-specific)
• Americans’ honoring a body of “folk” culture that we look to for:
• The ways we mold our self-expression to fit a perceived cultural identity
• How might these concepts allow for or resist change and development, while preserving traditions?
(And a specific instance of a current project: In the case of Frankie Rodgers\’ “Ookpik Waltz,” what might help explain the large body of myth that has grown around the tune, mislabeling its roots as Alaskan/Native American?)
I’d like to discuss the above topics with the social psychologist and then use some of their comments on camera.
Do you know of such a person?
Is there already a musicologist who has articulated these concepts especially clearly?
Does this line of pursuit seem valuable to you, or misguided? Is it missing a big picture?
With gratitude, and apologies for cross-posting,
PO Box 554
Los Gatos, CA 95031-0554
Gregory Reish, PhD
Director, Center for Popular Music
Professor of Music History
Middle Tennessee State University
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