Gender Inequality in Metal Music Production

Pauwke Berkers
Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Julian Schaap
Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Product Details
Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781787146754
Published:
19 Jun 2018
Publisher:
Emerald Publishing Limited
Dimensions:
176 pages - 129 x 198mm
Series:
Emerald Studies in Metal Music and Culture
For over four decades, scholars have been investigating male dominance - both symbolically and numerically -within popular music. The heavier genres of popular music, metal music in particular, have been male dominated spaces, which are difficult to navigate for women participating as fans, musicians, or both. Studies on gender inequality in metal music have convincingly demonstrated how gender dynamics shape the reception of metal music and metal scenes all over the globe. Yet, they shed relatively little light on the extent of and reasons for metal music's male domination from a production perspective. This book fills this gap, offering is a systematic and large-scale overview of gender inequality in metal music production. In other words: how many women - compared to men - are participating in metal bands and what are the causes for the differences in participation?
Introduction: Gender Inequality in Metal Music Production 
1. Winds of Change? Longitudinal trends and cross-national differences; (co-authored with Frank Weij) 
2. 'Female-Fronted Metal': Gender Differences and (Sub)Genres 
3. All Vocals, Few Chords: Gender Differences in Instrumentation 
4. Wielding the Double-Edged Sword: Gender Differences in Artistic Careers 
Conclusion 
Appendix 1: Quantitative Data - The Metal Archives
Appendix 2: Qualitative Data - Interviews with Metal Musicians
Pauwke Berkers is Associate Professor of Sociology of Art and Culture, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He has published widely on issues of ethic/racial and gender inequality in arts and culture in, among others, Cultural Sociology, Gender and Society, Journal of Gender Studies, Metal Music Studies and Poetics. He is also a member of the International Society for Metal Music Studies.
Julian Schaap is a PhD Candidate and Lecturer at the Department of Arts and Culture Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His research focuses on social stratification on the basis of whiteness, race-ethnicity and gender in various cultural fields. His work has been published in journals such as New Media and Society, Popular Communication, Sociologie and Metal Music Studies.
“Gender Inequality in Metal Music Production is a ground-breaking study and definitively proves what ‘we’ all already knew from anecdotal evidence and personal experience….Metal was, and still is, a male genre. Now, we have statistical proof AND some important analysis about the how and why this phenomena exists. I expect this study to be highly useful for future generations of academics and should be found in better collections, libraries and on university reading lists everywhere.” – Metal Rules, 2018

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