Musical Identities

Many kind thanks to Raymond MacDonaldDavid J. Hargreaves, and Dorothy Miell for including us in your recent volume, Handbook of Musical Identities.

There, we argue that explanations of why and how music making and listening contribute to many kinds of identity formation—including musical, personal, social, cultural, gendered, and ethical identity development—should begin with a concept of personhood. In other words, selfhood and personal identity are not identical with personhood, but primary dimensions of it. Part one of our chapter presents an embodied-enactive concept of personhood. Part two provides philosophical arguments that support our concept of personhood and explain the roles of empathy, ethical idealization, and moral communities in the co-construction of personhood, musical identities, and musical experiences. And part three knits parts one and two together by offering reasons why music making, listening, and musical praxes can serve as “affordances” for lifelong experiences of identity formation and “full human flourishing,” or eudaimonia.


MM2 in a Library Near You

One year ago—November 8, 2014—we submitted the manuscript of MM2 to our editor at Oxford University Press, New York.

Here’s a picture of David’s desk after several years of work on MM2. DJE working on MM2

Marissa’s desk is only slightly less messy. What you can’t see in this picture is the hundreds upon hundreds of books and articles we have in our home and offices, all of which (and more) we consulted while writing MM2.

Today, one year later, we’re very pleased to say that MM2 is now available in more than 775 (and counting) university, national, state, and local libraries worldwide, including (just to name a few, in no particular order) the libraries of: Harvard, Oxford, Princeton, Cambridge, Stanford, Cornell, Columbia, Indiana, Northwestern, Georgetown, Brown, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, UC-Berkeley, McGill, USC, Florida State, UCLA, Trinity College Dublin, Kings College London…

… and the libraries of the university of: Chicago, Edinburgh, Utrech, Toronto, Montreal, Texas-Austin, Michigan, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Pretoria, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Miami, Colorado, British Columbia…

… and the United States Library of Congress, the British Library, the Scottish National Library, the National Library of Canada, and a few more.

Needless to say, we’re extremely excited about this.