Belief and identity through the production of music in the Roman Catholic liturgy: an ethnography of La Sainte Famille Parish Unity's youth musical ensemble, Shaída

Després, Sébastien Adrien (2006) Belief and identity through the production of music in the Roman Catholic liturgy: an ethnography of La Sainte Famille Parish Unity's youth musical ensemble, Shaída. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Shalda is a musical ensemble created by Francophone New Brunswick youths aspiring to "liven up" the Roman Catholic liturgy with their singing and instruments (from violins to electric guitars and drum kits). The group, which typically figures 15-20 participants during a typical Sunday Obligation Mass and attracts parishioners from al1 over the province, has since 1998 attracted over I 00 members, mostly of Acadian descent. This thesis is an (auto)ethnography ofShalda. I explore members' motivations, the meaning of style, youths' response to [youth-created, youth-centered) opportunities for involvement, the significance of 'youth space,' and how participation fosters a sense of belonging and community. Sharda's music, style, fashion, performance, and genre are explored thoroughly as well.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11700
Item ID: 11700
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 306-335).
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Folklore
Date: August 2006
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: New Brunswick
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Catholic Church--New Brunswick--Cocagne; Music in churches |z New Brunswick--Cocagne; Musical groups--New Brunswick--Cocagne

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