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Welcome to the second issue of Music and Arts in Action (MAiA). We are delighted by the enthusiastic reception that greeted the inaugural issue in Summer 2008. The rapid increase in readership over the past six months demonstrates the widespread interest not only in the journal itself, but also in the empirical exploration of artistic engagement in its many forms. Moreover, the mission we set for MAiA at that time, “to provide a forum for considering the arts and aesthetic media as active ingredients in social life,” has been taken up by scholars in a variety of fields.


The research presented in this, the Winter 2008/2009 issue, is part of an ongoing exchange of ideas from many different disciplines and actors which we at MAiA are proud to facilitate. The focus on music and the arts in distinct situations of action is of chief importance to MAiA. In this issue, therefore, we are pleased to include two articles written by arts practitioners who provide unique and reflective insights into the performing arts, a trend we hope will continue in the future.

Recent Submissions

  • Agency and domination in communicative performance 

    Miles, Stephen (University of Exeter, 2009)
    Communicative approaches to musical composition and performance promote symbolic dialogue between performers and audiences, and seek to expand agency for all participants. Such approaches include the altering of performance ...
  • Collective identity and racial thought in São Paulo’s black gospel music scene 

    Burdick, John Samuel (University of Exeter, 2009)
    In an effort to push the literature on music and collective identity to examine how the cognitive dimension of collective identity gets constructed, this paper shifts away from the customary focus on lyrics, toward an ...
  • Why dance? The motivations of an unlikely group of dancers 

    Lawson, Helene M. (University of Exeter, 2009)
    This article explores the motivations of adult amateur tap dancers to gain insight into how they construct their social reality, what is the significance of this activity to the dancers, and how does it relate to the dance ...
  • Editorial 

    MAiA Editorial Team (University of Exeter, 2009)
    The research presented in this, the Winter 2008/2009 issue, is part of an ongoing exchange of ideas from many different disciplines and actors which we at MAiA are proud to facilitate. The focus on music and the arts in ...

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