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dc.contributor.authorWoolner, Christina
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-06T11:43:53Z
dc.date.available2018-12-06T11:43:53Z
dc.date.submitted2018-08-01
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/286359
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation is about the work of love songs in Hargeysa, Somaliland. In a setting where music and expressions of love are conspicuously absent from public soundscapes, I explore the lives and labour of a genre as it moves and is moved across time and space, the singing and speaking voices that animate these songs, and the entanglement of love songs in the mediation of intimacy and the shaping of contested post-war soundscapes. What, I ask, is a love song? In a setting marked by war, where music-making and expressions of love are contested, what do love songs do? And how do they do what they do? In answering these questions, I take love songs in motion as my primary ethnographic object and investigate the “labour” of love songs in two senses: the intimate human labour by which love songs are made, circulated, heard, performed and put to assorted uses, and the social-aesthetic-affective labour that a genre itself performs. Based on eighteen months of field-research with poets, musicians, singers, music-lovers and love-suffering audiences in Hargeysa, I track love songs through various stages of their multi-faceted lives: as they first come into the world through the collaboration of a poet and his muse, a musician and a singer; as they circulate and are re-animated alongside stories of singers and stories of encounters; as they are re-figured by the ears and voices of attentive listeners; as their sounding is learned by musicians; and as their live performance is negotiated and received in contested urban terrain. I show the primary labour of love songs to be the distillation, performance and creation of intimate social relations: intimate relations predicated on “dareen-wadaag” (“feeling-sharing”) that transcend everyday cleavages and prohibitions, and that have the power to shape both individuals’ personal intimate lives and the socio-political worlds in which songs move and do their work. I argue that love songs’ ability to distill and open space for intimacy rests on an ideology of voice that figures the voice as a deeply personal mode of self-expression and the simultaneously multi-vocal practices of voicing by which love songs are animated. In other words, the “voice” is made – and made intimate – by its multi-faceted multi-vocal sociality. In so doing, this dissertation contributes to understandings of the workings and power of popular culture in Africa and beyond, recent anthropological efforts to hold together the sonic and social dynamics of the “voice”, and broader anthropological conversations about the mediated, multi-vocal making of persons and social worlds.
dc.description.sponsorshipSocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) Cambridge International Trust (Smuts Memorial Fund)
dc.language.isoen
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dc.subjectSomaliland
dc.subjectlove songs
dc.subjectanthropology of popular culture
dc.subjectSomali oral poetry
dc.subjectanthropology of texts
dc.subjectvoice
dc.subjectintimacy
dc.subjectsocial anthropology
dc.subjectethnomusicology
dc.subjectpopular song
dc.titleThe Labour of Love Songs: Voicing Intimacy in Somaliland
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoral
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cambridge
dc.publisher.departmentSocial Anthropology
dc.date.updated2018-12-06T10:25:22Z
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.33669
dc.publisher.collegeKing's College
dc.type.qualificationtitlePhD in Social Anthropology
cam.supervisorEnglund, Harri
cam.thesis.fundingfalse
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2024-12-06


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