Pop music and peer groups: a study of Canadian high school students' responses to pop music

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  • *This is a substantially revised version of a paper presented at the 1977 annual meetings of the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Frederiction, New Brunswick. I would like to thank Rhonda Cockerill, Department of Sociology, University of Edinburgh, and Tim Hartnagel, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, for their help in the preparation of the paper. I would also like to express my appreciation of Graham Murdock, Centre for Mass Communications Research, University of Leicester, for his early encouragement and lasting influence.

Abstract

Des recherches récentes aux Etats-Unis et en Grande-Bretagne indiquent que l'auditoire adolescent de la musique ‘pop’ est moins homogène qúon ne le croit en général. D'après elles, des f acteurs tels que la classe sociale de provenance, le groupe ethnique et les expériences scolaires ont tous influencé la façpn dont réagissent les adolescents à la musique pop. Se servant de données canadiennes, ce texte représente un examen approfondi de la relation entre la musique pop et son auditoire composé surtout d'adolescents. On a trouvé que des facteurs comme l'âge, le sexe, la classe sociale et l'intérêt aux études, mais aussi et surtout, les délits commis et avoués, affectent le choix des adolescents dans la musique pop. On examine ensuite les conclusions d'après la formation de groupes de pairs á l'école secondaire.

Recent Americian and British research indicates that the adolescent audience for pop music is less homogeneous than is frequently thought. Factors such as social class background, ethnicity, and school experiences have all been found to affect the ways in which adolescents respond to pop music. Using Canadian data, this paper represents a further examination of the relationship between pop music and its largely adolescent audience. The findings indicate that factors such as age, sex, social class, and commitment to school and, particularly, self-reported delinquency, affected adolescent tastes in pop music. The findings are then discussed in terms of peer group formation in secondary schools.

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