• Singing in silence

    Amadeu Corbera Jaume (see profile)
    Twentieth century, Ethnomusicology, Industrial sociology
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    Cultures on the Margins: Anthropological Post-Graduate Research Conference
    Conf. Org.:
    Queen\'s University of Belfast
    Conf. Loc.:
    Conf. Date:
    Abril 2015
    capitalism, ethnomusicology, singing, 20th century
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    Singing had a crucial role in workers daily life until recent times. Most people who worked in factories, textile mills, etc., were used to sing. It was a general form to communicate news, tell stories or expressing identity or feelings over a circumstance or event: in short, it was a way to create spaces of sociability and to draw the limits of the community’s reality; and all of that has to be seen as a remain of the rural society, and which clashed against the new ruling capitalism and working time and socialization that factories did represent. Despite of this fact, however, there was an intense singing activity into the factories and workshops, activity that was even increased with the popularization of recorded music systems like radio or discs, which provided new musical matter through which new songs could be created. In this paper, we explore the conflict between worker's necessity to sing within the industrial environment despite the prohibitions, and the diverse ways to do it, sometimes just singing laugher and others, singing in silence; and also the estrategies developed by owners and bosses to try to avoid all this musical activity in order to assure the new productivity concept that the factory and the economic capitalist system required.
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