Music Lovers

  title={Music Lovers},
  author={Antoine Hennion},
  journal={Theory, Culture \& Society},
  pages={1 - 22}
This article presents the implications, objectives and initial results of a current ethnographic research project on music lovers. It looks at problems of theory and method posed by such research if it is not conceived only as the explanation of external determinisms, relating taste to the social origins of the amateur or to the aesthetic properties of the works. Our aim is, on the contrary, from long interviews and observations undertaken with music lovers, mostly in the classical field, to… 

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