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Hanifa Ayunisa MU 111 Chapter 3 February 5, 2011 1. How might an “insider” to a musical tradition hear it differently from an “outsider”? Are both perspectives necessary for a complete picture? Insiders are assumed to react to their own culture’s music in ways that draw on a lifetime of unconsciously absorbed cultural knowledge and attitudes. Outsiders, because they come to a given culture after their perception are formed, are assumed not just to inject ethnocentrism into their interpretations but also to prefer to dwell only on those aspects of music that are observable to outsiders, such as objects and sonic structures. The major drawback to this concept of “insiders” and “outsiders” is that it doesn’t allow for a middle group: there is no room conceptually for the sympathetic “outsider” who has acquired “insiders” knowledge. Some of the folklorists also believe that an outsider could never attain insider status, even after many years of life among a new group and the
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