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Title: That's not my music : experiences of contemporary worship music in relation to extraecclesiastical musical attachments
Author: Porter , Mark James
ISNI:       0000 0004 5349 3929
Awarding Body: City University London
Current Institution: City, University of London
Date of Award: 2014
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Whilst Contemporary Worship Music arose largely out of a desire to relate the music of the church to the music of everyday life, this function has been called increasingly into question by the diversity of musical lives present in contemporary society. Whilst Contemporary Worship Music is often a relatively homogenous genre the broader musical landscape rarely coheres any longer into a single universal mainstream. In this thesis I examine the relationship between individuals' musical lives away from a Contemporary Worship Music environment and their experience of the music within it. Through extended interviews with worshippers at St Aldates Church, Oxford I interrogate the ways in which they frame and articulate their experiences within and outside of a worship context and examine the connections and disjunctures between their experience and evaluation of these different environments. Whilst assimilation and multiculturalism are often deployed as models for handling diversity within church congregations, I find these models of musical diversity to be misleading and prefer instead to describe the congregational environment in terms of recent understandings of cosmopolitanism. Likewise, I find ontologies of neutrality that have arisen within Contemporary Worship Music discourse which relegate musical tastes and preferences to a level which is both private and lacking in significance to be problematic and suggest instead that a focus on ethics leads to important but neglected areas of concern.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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