An ethnographic personal narrative study I did as part of my 4th year thesis for Anthropology. I was looking to get insight into how music influences an individual's religious practice and in turn how one's religious practice influences their music.
Because musical subcultures have begun to resemble religious groups in many ways (forming intense group identification, setting performance rituals, creating sets of moral and social codes based on the writings of its leaders, enforcing a social hierarchy, instilling a sense of group purpose in its followers), the combination of a religious perspective with a musical practice seems to be an empowering avenue for personal and communal growth, as well as a vehicle for self-reflexivity.
Montreal is known for experiencing an anti-religious backlash in recent years, and many perceive this as evidence that religion will slowly phase out of the lives of future generations. But the use of popular media (ie music) is one way that Montreal youth are able to keep the religious dialogue open.
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