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Title: The old ship of Zion : singing in Evangelicalism in North-East and Northern Isles Scottish coastal communities, 1859-2009
Author: Wilkins, Frances
ISNI:       0000 0004 2668 3081
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2009
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This dissertation is the culmination of a three year research project into sacred singing among evangelical Christians living in North-East Scottish and Northern Isles coastal communities.  The exact geographical area in question was the stretch of coastline between Aberdeen and Wick, and the Orkney and Shetland Islands.  The aim of this project has been to record and analyze current practices, placing them historically and contemporaneously within the faith communities and understanding them in their social and cultural contexts.  The pivotal role of sacred music in the community was researched, along with the meaning of the music to the participants, and its role in constructing personal and group identity.  Religious traditions and fishing heritage have been explored with particular reference to the construction of a distinctive ‘soundscape’.  As far as possible, examples of sacred singing outside church worship have been documented including singing in the workplace, in the home, and in the public sphere.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Christianity and culture ; Ethnomusicology ; Folk-lore