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Becoming a rock band: The challenges of group identity
Stockholms universitet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-5450-0348
2017 (Engelska)Ingår i: Journal of Popular Music Education, ISSN 2397-6721, Vol. 1, nr 2, s. 165-182Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) 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.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
2017. Vol. 1, nr 2, s. 165-182
Nyckelord [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
Nyckelord [sv]
bandliv, pedagogik, gruppidentitet, identitetsformande, populärmusik, rockband, popband, musikliv, musikkultur, identitet, identitetsskapande, social identitetsteori, musiksociologi, musikantropologi, musiketnologi
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Utbildningsvetenskap Musik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-145551DOI: 10.1386/jpme.1.2.165_1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-145551DiVA, id: diva2:1130245
Tillgänglig från: 2017-08-08 Skapad: 2017-08-08 Senast uppdaterad: 2020-04-27Bibliografiskt granskad
Ingår i avhandling
1. Konsten att hålla ihop: Om lärande och organisering i rockband
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Konsten att hålla ihop: Om lärande och organisering i rockband
2020 (Svenska)Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Alternativ titel[en]
The art of keeping together : On learning and organizing in rock bands
Abstract [en]

Rock bands are foundational for modern day music life. These small groups provide well-being and self-fulfillment to its members, as well as fuel for the cultural life and the increasingly highlighted creative industries. Rock bands, however, are particularly difficult to organize. Bands face a range of challenges in keeping together and developing as a group.

The aim of this doctoral thesis is to develop knowledge on rock band formation and development over time. Based in the discipline of education, the thesis mainly contributes to the fields of organization studies, social theories of learning, and music and cultural life research.

The thesis uses the theory of situated learning to explore rock band formation and development. The methodology is qualitative and ethnographic, and the research design builds on three studies: an interview study with three rock bands and two case studies. All five bands are Swedish and have found different degrees of success and popularity.

The thesis investigates band activities and courses of events, band members’ identities, and challenges faced. The findings indicate that a rock band’s activities shift between a production mode – i.e. highly productive times associated with public performances, record releases and marketing, and behind the scenes processes of creating, recording and planning – and a contrasting less active hibernation mode without bigger public projects or goals. The amount of time spent in production mode depends on the band’s degree of “membership” in the music industry. Moreover, a band member forms and actualizes identities of colleague, creator, entrepreneur, friend, hobbyist and professional, in differing combinations, situations and modes. Furthermore, the members’ most significant challenges relate to identity dilemmas.

Based on these findings, the thesis formulates a model for a rock band’s learning trajectory and argues that a band may develop as it approaches, or becomes a more central member in, the music industry. This development demands increased public success and organizational ability: the band members’ ability to form business-oriented practices, to participate uniformly in an overarching community of practice, and to be flexible as they must identify with, and ascribe meaning to, a variety of activities in different and sometimes contradictory ways.

The thesis concludes that the challenges of persistence as a rock band or similar group relates chiefly to group member difficulties in identifying with different activities and situations that are necessary to sustain and develop as a collective. Eventually, individual members tend to handle the experience of uncertainty and ambivalence by holding on to one singular identity, which may prevent group development, foster intra- and interpersonal tensions, and ultimately can lead to significant conflicts and/or a band’s breakup.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
Stockholm: Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik, Stockholms universitet, 2020. s. 104
Serie
Doktorsavhandlingar från Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik ; 63
Nyckelord
learning, organizing, identity, rock band, small group, organizational pedagogy, organizational ethnography, lärande, organisering, identitet, rockband, liten grupp, organisationspedagogik, organisationsetnografi, musikliv, musikbransch, band, rock och pop, popband, rockgrupp, popgrupp, organisatorisk utveckling, identitetsdilemma, deltagarbana, multimedlemskap, praktik, praktikgemenskap, utmaningar, skeenden, formningsprocesser, produktionsläge, viloläge, organiseringslägen, medlemskap, sociala världar, situerat lärande, social lärteori, socialt lärperspektiv, kontextuellt lärperspektiv, organisationsstudier, organisationsforskning, pedagogik, musiklivsforskning, informellt lärande, gruppdynamik, smågrupper, kreativitet, entreprenörskap, småföretag, gruppidentitet, ambivalens, motsättningar, små organisationer, källarband, garageband, bandutveckling, musikindustri, lärprocesser, sammanhållning, kulturföretagande, karriär, musiker, artistkarriär, musikkarriär, professionell, proffs, hobby, hobbyutövare
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Lärande Pedagogik Företagsekonomi Tvärvetenskapliga studier inom samhällsvetenskap Arbetslivsstudier
Forskningsämne
pedagogik
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-180999 (URN)978-91-7911-096-3 (ISBN)978-91-7911-097-0 (ISBN)
Disputation
2020-06-12, rum 2427 på Institutionen för pedagogik och didaktik, Frescativägen 54 / Digital disputation via (Zoom), länk publiceras på institutionens webbplats, Stockholm, 13:00 (Svenska)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 3: Accepted.

Tillgänglig från: 2020-05-18 Skapad: 2020-04-23 Senast uppdaterad: 2020-05-25Bibliografiskt granskad

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