On the Other Side of the Genre Boundary

An Anthropological Analysis of Compromises as Jazz Musicians' Strategy of Action

  • Ljubica Milosavljević University of Belgrade, Faculty of Arts, Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Čika Ljubina 18-20, SRB - 11000 Belgrade
Keywords: jazz musicians, strategy of action, compromise, music genres, function work, Serbia

Abstract

The fieldwork conducted in Belgrade during the summer and autumn of 2017 was oriented towards jazz musicians, and their strategies of action, in gist, implied playing other popular music genres through compromise – function work. Such business tactics are a consequence of jazz musicians’ ever-insecure position, but strategic goals have changed over time with the nature of that insecurity. Going beyond the genre boundary first became a means of securing the profession itself after WWII due to (foreign-)political and ideological influences, whereas from the 1960s to date, it has been the economic guaranty of the survival of many jazz musicians. Playing folk music is one of the observed strategies analysed through a broader sociopolitical, socioeconomic and professional context.

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2020-02-16
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Milosavljević L. On the Other Side of the Genre Boundary: An Anthropological Analysis of Compromises as Jazz Musicians’ Strategy of Action. Traditiones [Internet]. 2020Feb.16 [cited 2020Apr.4];48(3):21-. Available from: https://ojs.zrc-sazu.si/traditiones/article/view/7995
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