What is the relationship between inequality and classical music? In Class, Control, and Classical Music
(Oxford University Press, 2019), Anna Bull
, a Senior Lecturer
in Sociology at the University of Portsmouth and co-director of the 1752 Group
, explores the intersections of class, race, and gender to explain the exclusive, and excluding, nature of classical music in contemporary society. The book is based on a detailed study of young people’s engagement with classical music, along with a broader understanding of music education and the sociology of culture. The book is also deeply engaged with the question of what, if anything, classical can do to transform, rather than reproduce, social inequalities. It is essential reading across both music and sociology, as well as for anyone interested in contemporary culture and social inequality.