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- The Diffusion of Gregorian Chant in Southern Italy and the Masses for St. Michael: To Barbara Haggh and to the Memory of Michel Huglo
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- Christianity and Korean Traditional Music
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Abstract and Keywords
This chapter highlights negotiations of meanings a Western church worker encountered in a Chadian congregation. For many mainline churches, “missions agencies,” focused on proselytization, are not the sole or even primary mode of outreach; “development agencies,” focused on local economic and social development, complement them. These two types of agencies are tied, through institutional memories in Western and African churches, to the cultural, including musical, practices of missions. The chapter retells the story of a Western development worker who frames her role as “learner” but finds she is understood as missionary “teacher” and is asked to teach and not learn music. Music is a persistent indicator of a history of missionary interactions between Chadian and Western Christians that lends meanings to and constrains present-day transnational interactions between them; it can provide a shared space of practice that is not contiguous with the “meanings” of the music under discussion.
Jonathan Dueck is Assistant Professor of Writing at the George Washington University; he has also taught at Duke University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Alberta, his alma mater. He has served as President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology. His musical research interests center on music and Christianity in North America and in Africa; he is also developing new research on the role of music and sound in sport. He has published articles on Christian / Mennonite popular and art musical practices in Ethnomusicology, the Journal of American Folklore, Popular Music and Society, the Journal of Mennonite Studies, and the Conrad Grebel Review, in addition to chapters in various edited collections.
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