Towards a Social Theory of Rhythm

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Abstract / Description of output

This discussion tries to show how a social theory of rhythm might be put
together in a way that could account more fully for some of the fundamental aspects of human rhythmic practice, in particular social cohesion, synchronisation, alternation, and style. It also tries to show that the mechanism of bonding between individuals, and groups of individuals, which seems to be at the heart of rhythm, has a social as well as psychological and physiological dimensions, and that this mechanism has to operate within radically different cultural environments. These cultural environments are not just assemblages of events, objects and practices, but involve our intimate and innate responses to the moments at which things occur.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTopicality Of Musical Universals / Actualites Des Univers Musicaux
EditorsJean-Luc Leroy
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherÉditions des archives contemporaines
Pages149 - 155
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9782813000613
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • rhythm, social, time, bonding


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