Book Release: Jonathan Dueck coedits Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities

Handbook of Music and World Christianities book cover
March 30, 2016


Jonathan Dueck, Deputy Director of Writing in the Disciplines and Assistant Professor of Writing, has coedited the newly released Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities with Suzel Ana Reily.

The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities is the first collection investigating the role of music in everyday Christian practice and social history across the breadth of contemporary world Christianities. It explores Christian communities around the world (including the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia) as sites of transmission, transformation, and creation of deeply diverse music and music traditions. The book's authors, while mostly rooted in ethnomusicology, examine Christianities and their musics in methodologically diverse ways, engaging with musical sound and structure, musical and social history, and ethnography of music and musical performance. These broad materials explore five themes: music and missions, music and religious utopias (and other oppositional religious communities), music and conflict, music and transnational flows, and music and everyday life. The volume as a whole, then, approaches Christian groups and their musics as diverse and powerful windows into the way in which music, religious ideas, capital, and power circulate (and change) between places, now and historically. But it also tries to take account of the religious self-understandings of these groups, presenting Christian musical practice and exchange as encompassing and negotiating deeply felt and deeply rooted moral and cultural values. Given that the centerpiece of the volume is Christian religious musical practice, the volume reveals the active role music plays in maintaining and changing religious, moral, and cultural values in a long history of intercultural and transnational encounters.