The Portable Community: Place and Displacement in Bluegrass Festival Life

1st Edition

Robert Owen Gardner

March 10, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9781138496378 - CAT# K350542
Series: Interactionist Currents


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This book explores the various ways in which individuals use music and culture to understand and respond to changes in their natural and built environments. Drawing on over fifteen years of ethnographic fieldwork, interviews and participant observation, the author develops the thesis that the relationships, networks, and intimate forms of social interaction in the ‘portable’ community cultivated at bluegrass festival events are significant cultural formations that shape participants’ relationships to their localities. With specific attention to the ways in which the strength of these relationships are translated into meaningful sites of community identity, place, and action following devastating local floods that destroyed homes and businesses, displacing residents for years, Portable Community: Place and Displacement in Bluegrass Festival Culture sheds light on the strength of such communities when tested and under external threat. A study of the central role of arts and music in grappling with social and environmental change, including their role in facilitating disaster relief and recovery, this volume will appeal to scholars of sociology with interests in symbolic interactionism, the sociology of music, culture and the sociology of disaster.

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