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Title: Listening as Religious Practice (Part One) – Exploring Quantitative Data from an Empirical Study of the Cultural Habits of Music Fans
Authors: Marsh, Clive
Roberts, V. S.
First Published: 23-Dec-2014
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Clive Marsh & Vaughan S. Roberts (2015) Listening as Religious Practice (Part One): Exploring Quantitative Data from an Empirical Study of the Cultural Habits of Music Fans, Journal of Contemporary Religion, 30:1, 125-137
Abstract: This article explores and reflects upon the role that music consumption may be playing in the flexible field of cultural expression, identity formation, and meaning-making activity in the West, as overt commitment to organised religion continues to decline and prove fragile. Using quantitative data from a 2009–2010 study of 231 music users, the authors locate and analyse the respondents’ declarations about their listening practices in relation to their other socio-cultural habits and life-commitments. The article explores the genres and themes of music listened to, the means by which the music is accessed, the frequency of listening, and the scale and nature of non-musical commitments. The significance of differences between replies of male and female respondents and between replies of self-identified religious and non-religious respondents is also considered. The article concludes that, while listening habits differ only slightly between religious and non-religious respondents, there are differences in three significant respects: music use with respect to political self-expression; access of ‘life-worlds’/the narratives that people live by; the frequency and technological format of listening.
DOI Link: 10.1080/13537903.2015.986983
ISSN: 1353-7903
eISSN: 1469-9419
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Contemporary Religion on 23 Dec 2014, available online:
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Institute of Lifelong Learning

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