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Island Songs is a work of sonic anthropology that does more than probe song as a part of the sociocultural life on islands. It illuminates how song performs island life. Gathered here are 15 case study chapters on islands in the Caribbean, North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Baltic, and the South Pacific, all framed by four eclectic, conceptual essay contributions. In Island Songs, islands are presented as distinct vantage points for observing the merger of the local and the global, as poignantly expressed through song. This book brings together the perspectives and experiences of sociologists, anthropologists, geographers, cultural studies specialists, folklorists, ethnomusicologists, singers, and musicians. Island Songs will interest not only ethnomusicologists but any and all scholars interested in the effects of globalization on traditional cultures.
About the Author
Godfrey Baldacchino is Canada Research Chair (Island Studies) at the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada; Visiting Professor of Sociology at the University of Malta; and Founding Executive Editor of Island Studies Journal. He is a theme co-leader within the Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) initiative, with core funding from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada. Baldacchino is the author and editor of many books, including Island Enclaves (2010), A World of Islands (2007), and Bridging Islands (2007).