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Singing the critical life: folk, place, and the palimpsest of rhythms in the beat of the city

Weir, David (2017) Singing the critical life: folk, place, and the palimpsest of rhythms in the beat of the city. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 6 (1). pp. 46-59.

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide an ethnographic account of a folk music venue from the
perspective of a participant observer.
Design/methodology/approach – The research is based on a classic thick description, describing the
central participants in a performance and the operation of spacing and timing processes, thus significantly
creating private ownership of a public space.
Findings – There are collective proceses of spacing and timing that are informal but normative framing
what superficially appears to constitute random or unstructured activities. The musical knowledge and
performance competence drive these processes rather than externally visible considerations of authenticity.
Research limitations/implications – This paper is a single-venue descriptive research.
Originality/value – This paper adds to the relatively few small-scale ethnographies of urban music venues.
Keywords Regulation, Authenticity, Auto-ethnography, Music performance, Folk, Timing
Paper type Research paper

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: 10.1108/JOE-01-2017-0004
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
School/Department: York Business School
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2109

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