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dc.contributor.advisorCourt, Suzanne
dc.contributor.advisorStringer, Rebecca
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Dianne Marie
dc.date.available2010-08-04T22:55:54Z
dc.date.copyright2010
dc.identifier.citationSmith, D. M. (2010). Deci-belles: Gender and Power in Sound Engineering for Popular Music in New Zealand (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/373en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/373
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is a study in gender relations in sound engineering for contemporary rock music in New Zealand. I contend that music audiences and music industry workers alike discursively construct sound engineering as a masculine activity. Men greatly outnumber women in the field of sound engineering, and because the occupation is vertically segregated by gender, men also occupy positions of authority. This thesis explores the problems women face navigating a male-dominated occupation, and the tactics they employ to establish themselves within the industry. Through semi-structured interview processes with both male and female sound engineers, I was able to identify key themes in their perspectives on their work. Women sound engineers face entry level and on-the-job gender discrimination. I argue that the technological tools they use are seen as being at odds with femininity. They persist despite this, fulfilling their desires for creative input into music. As part of a collaborative team in the production of local rock music, sound engineers are in the position to help shape its sound. The power exercised within music production is not equally accessible to women, and this is one factor among many which upholds gender inequality in the music industry.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectpopular music
dc.subjectsound engineering
dc.subjectwomen
dc.subjectgender
dc.subjectpower
dc.subjecttechnology
dc.subjectmusic industry
dc.subjectwork
dc.titleDeci-belles: Gender and Power in Sound Engineering for Popular Music in New Zealand
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2010-08-04T21:20:31Z
thesis.degree.disciplineMusic
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otagoen_NZ
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral Thesesen_NZ
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