Becoming Choirboys

  • Clare Hall
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)


This chapter expands the topic of music in boys’ lives through the moving stories of young choirboys. The main aim is to portray the multitude of social and emotional meanings music and singing have and their depth as a resource for self-making. Close attention is drawn to the boys’ emotional articulateness as a vital disposition of their musical habitus to question what practices, beyond the classroom, enable boys to become such accomplished young musicians. The concept of habitus is put under pressure by arguing for a recuperation of the role of agency in the formation of habitus. This is exemplified in the ways the choirboys mobilise their musical habitus as a capital, but which has varying degrees of value.


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  • Clare Hall
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  1. 1.Monash UniversityFrankstonAustralia

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