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Werner, A. (2020). Organizing music, organizing gender: Algorithmic culture and Spotify recommendations. Popular Communication, 18(1), 78-90
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organizing music, organizing gender: Algorithmic culture and Spotify recommendations
2020 (English)In: Popular Communication, ISSN 1540-5702, E-ISSN 1540-5710, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 78-90Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Spotify is self-reporting to have 232 million monthly active users in July 2019, including 108 million paying subscribers. Often naturalized by listeners as a mere window into great collections of music, Spotify is an intricate network of music recommendations governed by algorithms, displayed as a visual interface of photos, text, clickable links, and graphics. With the aim to analyze how three Spotify functions, related artists, discover, and browse, organize and represent gender while organizing and representing music Spotify is here investigated through empirical material collected in qualitative online ethnographic studies during 2013–2015. The article problematizes how music is organized in algorithmic culture and uncovers gendering that can ensue as a result of the service’s recommendation algorithms: creating closer circles for music consumption, and organizing music by similarities in genre and gender.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2020
Keywords
Music, gender, genre, algorithmic culture, streaming services, Spotify
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39954 (URN)10.1080/15405702.2020.1715980 (DOI)2-s2.0-85078591565 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P11-0687:1
Available from: 2020-01-20 Created: 2020-01-20 Last updated: 2020-03-02Bibliographically approved
Werner, A. (2019). 1968 revolutionens rytmer: En berättelse om hur musik och uppror skakade världsordningen, Håkan Thörn. Göteborg: Daidalos, 2018. [Review]. Svensk tidskrift för musikforskning, 101
Open this publication in new window or tab >>1968 revolutionens rytmer: En berättelse om hur musik och uppror skakade världsordningen, Håkan Thörn. Göteborg: Daidalos, 2018.
2019 (Swedish)In: Svensk tidskrift för musikforskning, E-ISSN 2002-021X, Vol. 101Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Musicology
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39104 (URN)
Available from: 2019-10-02 Created: 2019-10-02 Last updated: 2019-10-02Bibliographically approved
Werner, A. (2019). What does gender have to do with music, anyway?: Mapping the relation between music and gender. Per Musi (39), 1-11, Article ID e193904.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What does gender have to do with music, anyway?: Mapping the relation between music and gender
2019 (English)In: Per Musi, ISSN 1517-7599, E-ISSN 2317-6377, no 39, p. 1-11, article id e193904Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

 ‘What does gender have to do with music?’, is in this article a question explored in order to 1) give an overview of important themes and areas in feminist interdisciplinary research on music and gender from the past decades, and to 2) theoretically advance what is specific about music’s relation to gender, and discuss how music and gender research can be furthered today. To achieve these two aims, the author describes and discusses different approaches to investigating the relation between music and gender; cultural critique of music itself, consumption/production research, studies of genre and social settings as well as studies of media technology. The author, with her portrayal of the field as a back-drop, wants to revitalize a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of music and gender research. Arguing that this is an interdisciplinary field with its own theoretical contribution that can be furthered by advancing the discussions of music’s particularity and music research’s relation to intersectional gender theory. 

Abstract [pt]

 A pergunta "o que o gênero tem a ver com a música?" é explorada neste artigo com intuito de: 1) fornecer uma visão geral de temas e áreas importantes da pesquisa interdisciplinar feminista sobre música e gênero das últimas décadas; 2) avançar teoricamente naquilo que é específico sobre a relação da música com o gênero e discutir como a pesquisa sobre música e gênero pode ser promovida atualmente. Para atingir esses dois objetivos, a autora descreve e discute diferentes abordagens para investigar a relação entre música e gênero: crítica cultural da música em si; pesquisa sobre consumo / produção; estudos de gênero e contextos sociais, bem como estudos de tecnologia de mídia. A autora, com seu retrato do campo como pano-de-fundo, quer revitalizar a discussão sobre os pontos fortes e fracos da pesquisa sobre música e gênero. Argumenta-se que este é um campo interdisciplinar com sua própria contribuição teórica que pode ser promovido avançando nas discussões sobre a particularidade da música e a relação da pesquisa musical com a teoria do gênero interseccional. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 2019
Keywords
Gender and music, feminist research, interdisciplinary and intersectionality in music
National Category
Music Gender Studies
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38151 (URN)10.35699/2317-6377.2019.5266 (DOI)
Note

Issue: Music and Gender Studies

Available from: 2019-05-21 Created: 2019-05-21 Last updated: 2020-03-26Bibliographically approved
Werner, A., Hoffart, A. R., Lundberg, A. & Økland, J. (2018). Constructing Terminology and Defining Concepts for Gender Studies in Norway and Sweden. NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 26(2), 142-153
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Constructing Terminology and Defining Concepts for Gender Studies in Norway and Sweden
2018 (English)In: NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 142-153Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This position paper is written by four key researchers from two projects (one in Norway and one in Sweden) aiming to define and discuss terms and concepts in Gender Studies. It is inspired by the concept of dialogue as a method of academic writing and discusses the methods, results, challenges, and choices made in the two projects. While they both aimed to create and discuss a vocabulary for Gender Studies and gender research, the projects took shape from different approaches, and produced different results. In this position paper, we want to discuss the meaning of doing conceptual work and deciding on definitions of terms. Our aim is not to determine which approach is “better”, but rather to understand how the field of Gender Studies and gender research is being built.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36486 (URN)10.1080/08038740.2018.1477177 (DOI)000435700700006 ()2-s2.0-85055156512 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-10-04 Created: 2018-10-04 Last updated: 2020-03-27Bibliographically approved
Werner, A. & Lundberg, A. (2018). Gender jobs: Dilemmas of Gender Studies education and employability in Sweden. The European Journal of Women's Studies, 25(1), 71-85
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gender jobs: Dilemmas of Gender Studies education and employability in Sweden
2018 (English)In: The European Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 1350-5068, E-ISSN 1461-7420, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 71-85Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the past decades a large number of students have taken courses and degrees in Gender Studies around Europe and proceeded to find employment. This article is based on a quantitative and qualitative study carried out in 2012 of Gender Studies students in Sweden, their education and employment. The design of the study was inspired by a large European research project investigating Women’s Studies in Europe and concerned with the motives for doing Gender Studies among Swedish students, as well as who the students were, how they evaluated their Gender Studies education and what work they proceeded to after they left the university. In this article the results are discussed in terms of dilemmas: between Gender Studies’ critique of neoliberalism,employability and the former students’ wishes to be employed, and their evaluation of their studies and employment. The Swedish study is also compared with previous research in order to understand general and particular traits in Swedish Gender Studies education and employment. Analysis points to interesting contradictions within Gender Studies in relation to the labor market, student groups and employability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2018
Keywords
Education, employability, employment, Gender Studies, ideological dilemmas, post-feminism, students, Sweden
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30952 (URN)10.1177/1350506816671162 (DOI)000422654900006 ()2-s2.0-85040718053 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-10-06 Created: 2016-10-06 Last updated: 2020-03-24Bibliographically approved
Lundberg, A. & Werner, A. (2017). Critical Thinking in Gender Studies Education: Theory and Practice. In: Edyta Just & Wera Grahn (Ed.), Theories of Affect and Concepts in Generic Skills Education: Adventurous Encounters (pp. 111-130). Newcastle upon Thyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Critical Thinking in Gender Studies Education: Theory and Practice
2017 (English)In: Theories of Affect and Concepts in Generic Skills Education: Adventurous Encounters / [ed] Edyta Just & Wera Grahn, Newcastle upon Thyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017, p. 111-130Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Newcastle upon Thyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017
Keywords
Critical thinking, Gender Studies, Education, Skills
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33425 (URN)978-1-4438-9573-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-09-18 Created: 2017-09-18 Last updated: 2017-09-18Bibliographically approved
Werner, A. (2017). Digitally mediated identity in the cases of two Sámi artists. In: Fabian Holt & Antti-Ville Kärjä (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of popular music in the Nordic countries: (pp. 379-393). Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Digitally mediated identity in the cases of two Sámi artists
2017 (English)In: The Oxford handbook of popular music in the Nordic countries / [ed] Fabian Holt & Antti-Ville Kärjä, Oxford University Press, 2017, p. 379-393Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford University Press, 2017
Keywords
Sámi artists, Identity, Gender, Race, Digital Media, MySpace
National Category
Communication Studies
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36485 (URN)9780190603908 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-10-04 Created: 2018-10-04 Last updated: 2018-10-04Bibliographically approved
Johansson, S., Werner, A., Åker, P. & Goldenzwaig, G. (2017). Streaming Music: Practices, Media, Cultures. London & New York: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Streaming Music: Practices, Media, Cultures
2017 (English)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London & New York: Routledge, 2017. p. 224
Keywords
streaming, music, cross-cultural, online music, Spotify, VKontakte, YouTube, everyday life, music use
National Category
Media and Communications Arts
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-32169 (URN)1488/42/2011 (Local ID)978-1-138-63313-1 (ISBN)978-1-315-20788-9 (ISBN)1488/42/2011 (Archive number)1488/42/2011 (OAI)
Projects
Music use in the online media age
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2017-02-25 Created: 2017-02-25 Last updated: 2019-04-24Bibliographically approved
Lundberg, A. & Werner, A. (2016). En introduktion till genusvetenskapliga begrepp. Göteborg: Nationella sekretariatet för genusforskning
Open this publication in new window or tab >>En introduktion till genusvetenskapliga begrepp
2016 (Swedish)Book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Nationella sekretariatet för genusforskning, 2016. p. 92
Series
En skriftserie om genusvetenskap ; 5
Keywords
Genusvetenskap, begrepp, ordbok, introduktion
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31185 (URN)978-91-980802-5-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-11-21 Created: 2016-11-21 Last updated: 2018-10-11Bibliographically approved
Werner, A. & Johansson, S. (2016). Experts, dads and technology: Gendered talk about online music. International journal of cultural studies, 19(2), 177-192
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Experts, dads and technology: Gendered talk about online music
2016 (English)In: International journal of cultural studies, ISSN 1367-8779, E-ISSN 1460-356X, Vol. 19, no 2, p. 177-192Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With the internet and digital media technology increasingly central to practices around music, this shift is often seen as contributing to a networked music use characterized by individualism. Drawing on a focus group study with young adults in Stockholm and Moscow, this article argues, however, that digital music use today is shaped by discourses of difference, with gender a significant factor both in constructions of the ideal music and technology user, and in terms of musical influence and guidance. Taking into account contemporary research on new media technology, as well as feminist studies of technology and music, the article questions ideas of a neutral user of new music technologies, showing how the gendering of music and media technology can be seen as simultaneously context-bound and cutting across geographies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Sage Publications, 2016
Keywords
gender, the internet, media, music, technology
National Category
Music Media and Communications Gender Studies
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25184 (URN)10.1177/1367877914555463 (DOI)000371602000004 ()2-s2.0-84975687726 (Scopus ID)1488/42/2011 (Local ID)1488/42/2011 (Archive number)1488/42/2011 (OAI)
Projects
Music use in the online media age
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P11-0687:1
Available from: 2014-11-04 Created: 2014-11-04 Last updated: 2019-04-24Bibliographically approved
Projects
Musikanvändning i de digitala mediernas tidsålder: En kvalitativ studie om internetbaserade musikkulturer bland unga i Moskva och Stockholm [P11-0687:1_RJ]; Södertörn University; Publications
Werner, A. (2020). Organizing music, organizing gender: Algorithmic culture and Spotify recommendations. Popular Communication, 18(1), 78-90
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