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ERIC Number: EJ1034767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
Looking in from the Edges: A Journal Analysis of "Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education"
Stark, Jody
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v13 n2 p84-111 Jul 2014
This paper is a reflection on the stance, concerns, and rhetorical style of the MayDay Group (MDG) and its journal, "Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education." The theoretical assumption is that MDG constitutes a community of practice (Wenger 1998) with collective histories, agendas, and discursive practices. After discussing the workings and ethos of MDG, the article examines writing style and rhetorical moves used by ACT authors such as strategies to establish credibility, disagreeing with other scholars, and how authors negotiate tensions between loyalty to the community and originality in their writing. Rather than a cohesive "ACT style," this analysis shows that the uniting feature of articles in the journal is their intersection with MDG's Action Ideals and that ACT provides a great deal of latitude for originality in thought and writing.
MayDay Group. Brandon University School of Music, 270 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6A9, Canada. Tel: 204-571-8990; Fax: 204-727-7318; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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