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Multiple Meanings: The Role of Black Gospel in an Interracial and Multi-Ethnic Edmonton Church

Authors
Journal
Canadian University Music Review
0710-0353
Publisher
Consortium Erudit
Publication Date
Volume
19
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.7202/1014447ar
Disciplines
  • Design
  • Musicology
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology

Abstract

This paper examines the process by which Black gospel music (performed according to aesthetic standards determined by African Americans) has become a site of meaning for both Black and White congregants at Edmonton Community Worship Hour, a church with an interracial and multi-ethnic ministry. Certain "transformations" (or "inversions") are at play in the conceptual systems of the people who attend; each individual has disparate, though intersecting, webs of meaning which become operational in a cross-cultural setting, relating to: the music itself, the method of worship, and the interpersonal relationships of the church's Black majority and White minority.

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