Fish out of water? Musical backgrounds, cultural capital, and social class in higher music education

Authored by: Gwen Moore

The Routledge Handbook to Sociology of Music Education

Print publication date:  March  2021
Online publication date:  March  2021

Print ISBN: 9781138586369
eBook ISBN: 9780429504631
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In this chapter, I draw from a national mixed-methods study conducted by the author of undergraduate student musical backgrounds and experiences of higher music education in Ireland. In particular, I investigate the ways in which Bourdieu’s theoretical tools of habitus, cultural capital, and field can further our understanding of how different musical pathways shape student experiences. Following an application of Bourdieu’s concepts to musical enculturation and the social reproduction of musical value, I investigate the ways in which social class factors in the pursuit of higher music education.

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