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"Join in a Song with Sweet Accord"

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Material Information

Title: "Join in a Song with Sweet Accord" Creating Community and Maintaining Harmony among Sacred Harp Singers
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Doan, Jessamyn
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Sacred Harp
Habitus
Music
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Participation in a Sacred Harp singing is an active engagement with a living tradition that is governed by mutual understanding and a common body of knowledge. Much of this is articulated by the rich oral tradition, and is actively taught to newcomers and young singers, but acting simultaneously is an unarticulated set of principles that all abide by, dictating what must not be said or done, in order to allow the tradition and community to flourish. In chapter 1, I describe in detail my active engagement with Sacred Harp singing, and lay out the specifics of the practice. From a morning prayer, to a shared potluck lunch at noon, there are several key demarcations of time that are significant in terms of understanding the practice. In chapter 2, I outline the history of the living tradition and how its evolution shaped Sacred Harp practice today. As it was forced to adapt to changing musical tastes in the United States, Sacred Harp singing created for itself a home in the American South, where it has stayed rooted ever since. In chapter 3, the focus is on the Sacred Harp community. It is created by the actions singers undertake together and the emphasis on community at the national level, understood by all as a top priority. Finally, in chapter 4, I bring in Bourdieu�s concept of the habitus to explain the lack of conflict in this broad community. Looking at how unarticulated principles heavily influence the actions on a Singing Day helps to make clear how it would be possible for a community like this to exist without the need for explicit structures to prevent conflict.
Statement of Responsibility: by Jessamyn Doan
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Miles, Stephen

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 D6
System ID: NCFE003906:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003906/00001

Material Information

Title: "Join in a Song with Sweet Accord" Creating Community and Maintaining Harmony among Sacred Harp Singers
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Doan, Jessamyn
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Sacred Harp
Habitus
Music
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: Participation in a Sacred Harp singing is an active engagement with a living tradition that is governed by mutual understanding and a common body of knowledge. Much of this is articulated by the rich oral tradition, and is actively taught to newcomers and young singers, but acting simultaneously is an unarticulated set of principles that all abide by, dictating what must not be said or done, in order to allow the tradition and community to flourish. In chapter 1, I describe in detail my active engagement with Sacred Harp singing, and lay out the specifics of the practice. From a morning prayer, to a shared potluck lunch at noon, there are several key demarcations of time that are significant in terms of understanding the practice. In chapter 2, I outline the history of the living tradition and how its evolution shaped Sacred Harp practice today. As it was forced to adapt to changing musical tastes in the United States, Sacred Harp singing created for itself a home in the American South, where it has stayed rooted ever since. In chapter 3, the focus is on the Sacred Harp community. It is created by the actions singers undertake together and the emphasis on community at the national level, understood by all as a top priority. Finally, in chapter 4, I bring in Bourdieu�s concept of the habitus to explain the lack of conflict in this broad community. Looking at how unarticulated principles heavily influence the actions on a Singing Day helps to make clear how it would be possible for a community like this to exist without the need for explicit structures to prevent conflict.
Statement of Responsibility: by Jessamyn Doan
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Miles, Stephen

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 D6
System ID: NCFE003906:00001

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