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Professor Tia DeNora

BA (West Chester), M.A., PhD (UCSD)


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Telephone: 01392 723280

Professor (Sociology of Music)

I work as a cultural sociologist and I direct the SocArts Research Group at Exeter.

Most of my research deals with musical topics, with a special focus on music's uses and powers in social life. But I am also interested in theories of social ecology, new ontologies and human-non-human interaction.

In collaboration with Dr Gary Ansdell, of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, I have recently completed a longitudinal project on mental health.

That work resulted in a three volume book project. The first and second volumes of this project were published in September 2013 and January 2014:

Vol 1, Tia DeNora, Music Asylums: Wellbeing Through Music in Everyday Life

Vol. 2, Gary Ansdell,  How Music Helps in music therapy and everyday life

The third volume was published in June 2016 and is entitled Musical Pathways in Recovery.

Some of my essays were published in 2011 as part of the series Contemporary Thinkers on Critical Musicology: Music in Action: Essays in Sonic Ecology.

With Gary Ansdell, I edit an  interdisciplinary book series,  Music & Change: ecological perspectives

More generally, I have a long-standing interest in lay expertise and local, or 'grass-roots', methods of knowledge production/transmission and in more general methodological issues related to ecological validity (for example, a piece in International Journal of Qualitative Research on Health and Well-being, entitled, Time After Time: A Quali-T Method for Assessing Music's Role as a Health Technology [2013]). This interest is linked to a more theoretical interest in what is sometimes termed 'reality construction' and so-called 'new' or emergent ontologies.

I combine these interests in a volume that was published in October 2014 by Sage, entitled, Making Sense of Reality - culture and perception in everyday life

The SocArts journal, Music and Arts in Action (MAiA) is now in its fifth year and the most recent issue can be found here: MAiA is edited by a team of postdoctoral scholars who did their PhDs within SocArts.

For more info, see:

Interview with Jason Chang, BA Soc:  

Interview with Nune Nikoghosyan: