Sustainable Futures for Music Cultures: An Ecological Perspective
(Oxford University Press, 2016), a multi-authored volume co-edited by Catherine Grant
and Huib Schippers
, examines a range of musical traditions from cultures around the world. The book deliberately places endangered musical practices alongside vibrant traditions like western opera and Hindustani music, each assessed along five domains: systems of learning music, musicians and communities, contexts and constructs, regulations and infrastructure, and media and the music industry. Doing so allows for both "vertical reading" (reading chapters in sequential order) and "horizontal reading" (in which one examines one or a handful of domains and focuses on these across different chapters). Beyond the book, information from the project is also available on the website soundfutures.org.
Timothy Thurston is Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Leeds. His research examines language at the nexus of tradition and modernity in China's Tibet.