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Volume 38 – Number 1


Concepts and Limits in the Sociology of Music


Guest Editor 

Prof. Ali Ergur

(Galatasaray University, Department of Sociology)


Deadline for Article Submissions

March 15, 2017


First published in 1917, The Turkish Journal of Sociology is a publication of the Department of Sociology of the Istanbul University Faculty of Letters, the first and leading sociology department in Turkey. The Turkish Journal of Sociology is a peer-reviewed, triannually published journal covered by international indexes such as Clarivate Analytics Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), ProQuest CSA Sociological Abstracts and EBSCO SocINDEX (for further information, see

First issue of Turkish Journal of Sociology in 2018 is going to be devoted to the main theme “Concepts and Limits in the Sociology of Music”. The sociology of music is relatively less elaborated sub-fields of sociology. Though it may seem that the sociology of music is one of newly emerged sub-fields of sociology, the philosophical and methodological foundations of the sociology of music can be traced back to the specialization process that started as early as 19th century. On the other hand the willingness toward a direct social analysis of music has increased dramatically with 1960s. As relevant culture oriented sociological studies come to existence within this period, the sociology of music also released from its pure historical and philosophical ties and opened up for the field studies. Hence the studies in the sociology of music tend to focus also on to the external and environmental elements. Especially the “culture oriented” researches on music cover mostly the matters such as lyrics, audiences, musical activities as a social meaning conveyer, and the star image etc. This approach reflects a fundamental dilemma: On the one hand an ontological thus an abstract and less sociological approach and paying insufficient attention to the neighboring fields of musicology; by doing so obtaining a privilege of conducting a sociological study of the grammar of music itself. On the other hand, there is also a tendency that takes the grammar of music as negligible while focusing on how people sustain new social gatherings through music. These two methodological orientation at the same time constitutes two mutually mute and deaf “sociology of music”. Those who are capable of supplying comments over the ontology of music, of course if they have not a special interest, are unfamiliar with the methods and concepts of a sociological study. And those who are capable of conducting a sociological research on the meaning and usage of music, with exceptions, are ignorant in the grammar of music. However thinking on music requires an interdisciplinary cooperation. This welcomed interdisciplinary cooperation can also serve for annihilating irrelevant distinction between ontological and social approaches. Hence it is significant to open a very deep seated channel like Turkish Journal of Sociology to such a discussion. It is a pleasure to call those who think and conduct research on the sociology of music all over the world. Papers can address, but are certainly not limited to, the following topics:

  • Interdisciplinary in the musical studies
  • Limits of sociological approach toward the ontology of music
  • Understanding the grammar of music through cultural studies
  • Differences regarding perception and socialization in the analysis of audiences
  • Researches on the sociology of music in Turkey
  • Methodological problems in the sociology of music
  • Concepts of the sociology of music

Manuscripts should be submitted in English through Work submitted for potential inclusion must be a complete manuscript that adheres to the Turkish Journal of Sociology’s submission requirements, which may be found on the journal’s official website: For further questions regarding the issue please contact with Prof. Ali Ergur at You are kindly requested to direct your technical questions to: