Classification as Culture: Types and Trajectories of Music Genres

@article{Lena2008ClassificationAC,
  title={Classification as Culture: Types and Trajectories of Music Genres},
  author={Jennifer C. Lena and Richard A. Peterson},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  year={2008},
  volume={73},
  pages={697 - 718}
}
Questions of symbolic classification have been central to sociology since its earliest days, given the relevance of distinctions for both affiliation and conflict. Music and its genres are no exception, organizing people and songs within a system of symbolic classification. Numerous studies chronicle the history of specific genres of music, but none document recurrent processes of development and change across musics. In this article, we analyze 60 musics in the United States, delineating… 

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