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The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music and Gender

Edited by: Stan Hawkins

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781472456830
eBook ISBN: 9781315613437
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042044

10.4324/9781315613437
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Why is gender inseparable from pop songs? What can gender representations in musical performances mean? Why are there strong links between gender, sexuality and popular music? The sound of the voice, the mix, the arrangement, the lyrics and images, all link our impressions of gender to music. Numerous scholars writing about gender in popular music to date are concerned with the music industry’s impact on fans, and how tastes and preferences become associated with gender. This is the first collection of its kind to develop and present new theories and methods in the analysis of popular music and gender. The contributors are drawn from a range of disciplines including musicology, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, philosophy, and media studies, providing new reference points for studies in this interdisciplinary field. Stan Hawkins’s introduction sets out to situate a variety of debates that prompts ways of thinking and working, where the focus falls primarily on gender roles. Amongst the innovative approaches taken up in this collection are: queer performativity, gender theory, gay and lesbian agency, the female pop celebrity, masculinities, transculturalism, queering, transgenderism and androgyny. This Research Companion is required reading for scholars and teachers of popular music, whatever their disciplinary background.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Growing up to be a Rapper? Download PDF
Chapter  3:  “Where We Going Johnny?” Homosociality and the Early Beatles  Download PDF
Chapter  4:  From Throat Singing to Transcultural Expression Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Spectres of Masculinity Download PDF
Chapter  6:  “You Mean I can Make a TV Show?” Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Holding on for Dear Life Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Gender, Sexuality and the Politics of Looking in Beyoncé’s ‘Video Phone’ (Featuring Lady Gaga) Download PDF
Chapter  9:  ‘Working It’ Download PDF
Chapter  10:  High Notes, High Drama Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The Gendered Narratives of Nobodies and Somebodies in the Popular Music Economy Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Staging The ‘Street Boy’ Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Fairport Convention Download PDF
Chapter  14:  “I Don’t Play Girly House Music” Download PDF
Chapter  15:  ‘A Woman’s Place’ Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Beyoncé Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Performing Race and Gender Download PDF
Chapter  18:  “Armed with the Faith of a Child” Download PDF
Chapter  19:  “Singing from the Heart” Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Doing Hip-Hop Masculinity Differently Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Express Yourself! Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Covering Trans Media Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Confronting the Gender Trouble for Real Download PDF
Bibliography Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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