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Sociomusicology refers to both an academic subfield of sociology that is concerned with music (often in combination with other arts), as well as a subfield of musicology that focuses on social aspects of musical behavior and the role of music in society. Since the field of musicology has tended to emphasize historiographic and analytical/critical rather than sociological approaches to research, sociomusicology is regarded as somewhat outside the mainstream of the field. However, with the increased popularity of ethnomusicology in recent decades (with which the field shares many similarities), as well as the development and mainstreaming of "New Musicology" (coinciding with the emergence of interdisciplinary Cultural Studies in academia), sociomusicology is increasingly coming into its own as a fully established field.


Sociology of disco and house music

From a sociological point of view, there is little difference between house and disco. Both genres cross the boundaries of race, gender [clearly not being homophobic as rap and reggae is] and class. Both genres are intended to dance to so they address the body rather than the mind, were intended to be played in discotheques, later called clubs. Both genres use the turntable as musical instrument. Both genres are producers' genres, largely ignoring the "cult of personality" marketing techniques of mainstream music.

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