Welcome to the official page of the Social Sciences Special Research Interest Group.

Sociological research in music education focuses upon structures and dynamics of society and their impact upon patterns of human behavior and individual life changes. As a group of music education researchers, we share an interest in the following aspects of sociological research:

  • We examine the ways in which the forms of social structure, including groups, organizations, communities, social categories (such as class, gender, sexuality, age, race, ethnicity, and exceptionality), and various social institutions (such as kinship, economic, political, or religious), affect human attitudes, actions, and opportunities.
  • We ask about the sources and consequences of change in social arrangements and institutions and about the issues related to the process of that change.
  • Areas of study include socialization, group affiliation, cooperation, conflict, power, exchange, social class, social stratification, social mobility, inequality, deviance, social control, violence, social justice, identity, and ethics.

In addition to sharing information on this website, our membership meets every two years at the national NAfME conference to share ideas, hear great presentations, and conduct SRIG business. If you would like to become a member of our organization, please send a message to carolinea@nafme.org asking to be added as a member of the Social Sciences SRIG.


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