Playing with Capital: Inherited and acquired assets in a jazz audition
2015 (English)In: Poetics (Amsterdam. Print), ISSN 0304-422X, E-ISSN 0048-4571, Vol. 48, 83-106 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A common dream among the youth is to become a successful musician. By surveying young aspiring jazz musicians trying to enter a prestigious audition, this paper examines assets and attitudes involved in the formation of a music field. In the study we build on Bourdieusian sociological theory and method in order to map out a space of jazz applicants and characterize the group(s) seeking to enter. Our findings, based on a specific multiple correspondence analysis performed on 211 applicants, suggest that the space of jazz applicants is structured by three important factors: (i) the total volume of music capital, (ii) commitment to the (professional) field of practice and (iii) the familiarity acquired through previous music socialization and training. Using clustering techniques, we further distinguish four distinct groups among the applicants - the Insiders, Outsiders, Inheritors and Underdogs - and reveal the success rate of the groups. We find that the acquisition and enactment of a specific music capital is of particular importance for elite music admissions, while at the same time the sizeable number of musically affluent candidates turns the audition into an event underscored with considerable uncertainty.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 48, 83-106 p.
Music capital, jazz education, selection, auditions, Bourdieu, cultural production, gatekeepers
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106593DOI: 10.1016/j.poetic.2014.12.002ISI: 000350936100006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-106593DiVA: diva2:716889
On the day of the defence date the status of this article was Manuscript. The original sub title was Inherited and acquiredcapital in jazz school auditioning.2014-05-132014-05-132015-04-22Bibliographically approved