A Popular Culture Research Methodology: Sound System Outernational

D’Aquino, Brian; Henriques, Julian F. and Vidigal, Leo. 2017. A Popular Culture Research Methodology: Sound System Outernational. Volume Journal, 13(2), pp. 163-175. ISSN 1950-568X [Article]

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SOUND SYSTEM CULTURE originating in Jamaica is now a global popular music movement. This paper outlines an example of a practice-as-research methodology with reggae researchers and practitioners participating. Sound System Outernational 1 and 2 took place at Goldsmiths, University of London, in January and July 2016. First to declare our interests, the authors were the organizers of these events, having founded an on-going research group called Sound System Outernational, “dedicated to recognizing, stimulating and supporting sound system culture worldwide… [it] creates spaces for dance and discussion.” This makes the article a self-reflexive piece, where the events themselves are considered as an example of practice-as-research.

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researchers, practices / uses (social), methodology, reflexivity, investigation / fieldwork / participant observation, multi/ interdisciplinarity, sound system

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Topology Research Unit
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Centre for Sound, Technology & Culture (CSTC)


4 April 2017Published Online
15 December 2016Accepted

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30 May 2017 14:57

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05 Oct 2021 08:26

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