In harmony or out of tune: Affective and emotional geographies of all-male choirs in London, UK

Falconer, E. 2022. In harmony or out of tune: Affective and emotional geographies of all-male choirs in London, UK. Emotion, Space and Society. 45 100925. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2022.100925

TitleIn harmony or out of tune: Affective and emotional geographies of all-male choirs in London, UK
TypeJournal article
AuthorsFalconer, E.
Abstract

This article examines the growing popularity of weekly amateur choral singing for adult men, with a specific focus in London, UK. This paper moves away from discourses of social health and wellbeing to bring together critical studies of masculinity with emotional geographies of sound, to better understand the links between choirs as an affective space and the complex, symbolic relationship between men and their voices. Where research has shown that non-competitive group activity is central to men's sense of connection and provides a space for men to express emotions, friendship and intimacy, there is great potential to analyse how the role of sound (volume, vibrations) and use of choral voice work (softening, blending, harmonies) directly facilitates this connection. This paper remains cautious of presenting group singing as an automatic panacea to disconnection, exploring the exclusions for those who are ‘out of tune’ and (musically and socially) unable to harmonise with others.

KeywordsChoirs Affect Sound Emotion Masculinity
Article number100925
JournalEmotion, Space and Society
Journal citation45
ISSN1755-4586
Year2022
PublisherElsevier
Publisher's version
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2022.100925
Publication dates
Published09 Nov 2022

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