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- The Politics of Pronunciation among German-Speaking Mennonites in Northern Mexico
- Hidden Histories of Religious Music in a South African Coloured Community
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- Songs of <i>Oru Olai</i> and the Praxis of Alternative Dalit Christian Modernities in India
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- Local Music Making and the Liturgical Renovation in Minas Gerais
- The Survival Story of Syriac Chants among the St. Thomas Christians in South India
- Russian Church Music, Conundrums of Style, and the Politics of Preservation in the Emigre Diaspora of New York
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- Everyday Musical Ethnicity and Roma (Gypsies) in Hungarian Pentecostalism
- Transnational Connections, Musical Meaning, and the 1990s “British Invasion” of North American Evangelical Worship Music
- Negotiations of Faith and Space in Memphis Music
- Tropes of Continuity and Disjuncture in the Globalization of Gospel Music
- Mainline Protestantism and Contemporary versus Traditional Worship Music
- Negotiating the Tensions of U.S. Worship Music in the Marketplace
- Contingency and the Symbolic Experience of Christian Extreme Metal
- Palestinian Christmas Songs for Peace and Justice in Sacred Place and Politicized Space
- The Diffusion of Gregorian Chant in Southern Italy and the Masses for St. Michael: To Barbara Haggh and to the Memory of Michel Huglo
- Performing Pannkotis Identity in Haiti
- Christianity and Korean Traditional Music
- Congregational Singing, Orthodox Christianity, and the Making of Ecumenicity
- Afterward: Sound, Soteriology, Return, and Revival in the Global History of Christian Musics
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores the ways American mainline pastors, musicians, and laypeople navigate the divergent media economies of hymnody and popular music and accommodate both by creating multiple worship services—shared by a single congregation—that reflect the aesthetics and symbolic resonances of each repertoire. It does so using an ethnographic case study of a congregation in Nashville, Tennessee. The chapter argues that studies of the “worship wars” need to take into account these newly dominant ways of organizing multiple genre systems in a single congregation—characterized here as a kind of “cosmopolitanism”—particularly as they are practiced by churches in mainline denominations.
Deborah Justice is the Schragis Postdoctoral Fellow in American Popular Music at Syracuse University; previously she was a postdoctoral associate at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. She received her PhD from Indiana University. Her research interests include the movement of music, media and religion, phenomenological approaches to musical experience, and how groups in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe use musical traditions to balance emergent identities with rich heritage. In addition to previous scholarly publications with the Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology (now Ethnomusicology Review) and Folklore Forum, she has published an instructional book, Middle Eastern Music for the Hammered Dulcimer, with Mel Bay because she enjoys an active performance life as a hammered dulcimer player and teacher.
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