Singing like a sailor: some theoretical and methodological remarks on studying a Dutch shanty choir

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Paper presented at the 43rd ICTM World Conference, 16-22 July 2015, Astana, Kazakhstan. The paper discusses some aspects of the shanty choir phenomenon in the Netherlands and contains a methodological discussion concerning ethnomusicology-at-home, 'neo-classical fieldwork' and the place of participant observation in ethnography.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2015
Event43rd International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) World Conference - Kazakh National University of Arts, Astana, Kazakhstan
Duration: 16 Jul 201522 Jul 2015
Conference number: 43rd


Conference43rd International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) World Conference
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  • music
  • ethnomusicology
  • shanty
  • shanty choir
  • ethnography
  • neo-classical fieldwork
  • participant observation
  • methodology

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