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Becoming a rock band: The challenges of group identity
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5450-0348
2017 (English)In: Journal of Popular Music Education, ISSN 23976721, Vol. 1, no 2, 165-182 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Rock bands feature increasingly in music education. They are essential parts of popular culture and are increasingly highlighted as entrepreneurial organizations in a global music industry. However, to develop and stay together as a band is a difficult task. This study aims to develop an understanding of the challenges of becoming a rock band, shedding new light on previously underexplored complexities of band life by considering the impact of group identities. The methodology entails storytelling and identity work, inspired by a biographical approach. Six explorative interviews with band members were conducted. The results suggest that productive activities form several kinds of work group identities, whereas low-activity periods threaten group identification. The article discusses how diversity of group identities promotes development while uniformity promotes stability. To cope with this paradox, this article suggests that band members ought to learn to develop multiple group identities and flexible ways of relating to one another.

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2017. Vol. 1, no 2, 165-182 p.
Keyword [en]
band life, education, group identity, identity formation, popular music, rock band, pop band, music life, music culture, identity, social identity theory, sociology of popular music, organizing music-making, ethnomusicology, music anthropology
Keyword [sv]
bandliv, pedagogik, gruppidentitet, identitetsformande, populärmusik, rockband, popband, musikliv, musikkultur, identitet, identitetsskapande, social identitetsteori, musiksociologi, musikantropologi, musiketnologi
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Learning Music
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Education; Music Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-145551DOI: 10.1386/jpme.1.2.165_1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-145551DiVA: diva2:1130245
Available from: 2017-08-08 Created: 2017-08-08 Last updated: 2017-08-15Bibliographically approved

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