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HujuTraditional Opera in Modern Shanghai$
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Jonathan P. J. Stock

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262733

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262733.001.0001

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Ethnomusicological Research in an Urban Setting

Ethnomusicological Research in an Urban Setting

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(p.205) 5 Ethnomusicological Research in an Urban Setting
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Huju
Author(s):

Jonathan P. J. Stock

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197262733.003.0006

This chapter argues that ethnomusicology is unevenly theorized. Despite the amount of research now carried out on large-scale, mass-mediated, transnational, and professional traditions, theoretical-methodological literature has tended to emphasize models more appropriate to the research of small-scale traditions and those in which the researcher can gain direct experience as one of the performance group. Reyes Schramm noted twenty years ago that the urban environment offers a challenge to existing conceptions of research. It is shown that this challenge still applies and, through a consideration of researching huju in Shanghai, to spell out some aspects of it more explicitly.

Keywords:   ethnomusicology, Shanghai opera, China, urban environment

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