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Reconsidering Music and Trance: Cross-cultural Differences and Crossdisciplinary Perspectives

Herbert, Ruth (2011) Reconsidering Music and Trance: Cross-cultural Differences and Crossdisciplinary Perspectives. Ethnomusicology Forum, 20 (2). pp. 201-227. ISSN 1741-1912. E-ISSN 1741-1920. (doi:10.1080/17411912.2011.592402) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

A small but significant body of recent research has successfully crossed the boundaries between ethnomusicology and psychology, and both disciplines are demonstrating a growing interest in charting interactions between music, context and individual consciousness. The phenomenon of trance is a clear example of the interaction of mind with specific cultural contexts, and cross-disciplinary approaches would appear highly relevant to future research. However, outside ethnomusicology and anthropology, despite the burgeoning field of music and consciousness studies, attitudes towards the constructs of trance and altered states of consciousness as reputable areas of scholarly enquiry are somewhat ambivalent. One reason for this is a continued lack of academic consensus over definitions of the terms ‘trance’ and ‘altered states’. This paper re-assesses the different ways in which trance has been conceptualised in the literature. It argues that the continued ethnomusicological focus on high arousal models of trance has led to the neglect (or exclusion) of other types of trancing, particularly specific instances of European/American secular trancing, and associated literature. I draw on my own UK based study of solitary musical involvement in daily life, which has been informed by both psychological and ethnomusicological perspectives.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17411912.2011.592402
Uncontrolled keywords: Trance; Music; Altered States; Phenomenology; Psychology; Ethnomusicology; Cross-cultural; Hypnosis
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Music and Fine Art
Depositing User: Ruth Herbert
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2019 15:20 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2019 09:45 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/73703 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Herbert, Ruth: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7878-9991
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