Georgina Born is Professor of Music and Anthropology at the University of Oxford and the editor of Music, Sound, and Space: Transformations of Public and Private Experience.
Eric Lewis is Associate Professor of Philosophy at McGill University and the author of The Video Art of Sylvia Safdie.
Will Straw is Professor of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University and the coeditor of The Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock.
Introduction. What is Social Aesthetics? / Georgina Born, Eric Lewis, and Will Straw 1
Part I. The Social and the Aesthetic
1. After Relational Aesthetics: Improvised Music, the Social, and (Re)Theorizing the Aesthetic / Georgina Born 33
2. Scripting Social Interaction: Improvisation, Performance, and Western "Art" Music / Nicholas Cook 59
3. From the American Civil Rights Movement to Mali: Reflections on Social Aesthetics and Improvisation / Ingrid Monson 78
4. From Network Bands to Ubiquitous Computing: Rich Gold and the Social Aesthetics of Interactvity / George E. Lewis 91
Part II. Genre and Defintion
5. The Social Aesthetics of Swing in the 1940s: Or the Distribution of the Non-Sensible / David Brackett 113
6. What Is "Great Black Music"? The Social Aesthetics of the AACM in Paris / Eric Lewis 135
7. Kenneth Goldsmith and Uncreative Improvisation / Darren Wershler 160
Part III. Sociality and Identity
8. Strayhorn's Queer Arrangements / Lisa Barg 183
9. What's Love Got to Do with It? Creating Art, Creating Community, Creating a Better World / Tracey Nicholls 213
10. Improvisation in New Wave Cinema: Beneath the Myth, the Social / Marian Froger, translated by Will Straw 233
Part IV. Performance
11. Social Aesthetics and Transcultural Improvisation: Wayde Compton and the Performance of Black Time / Winfried Siemerling 255
12. Devices of Existence: Contact Improvisation, Mobile Performances, and Dancing through Twitter / Susan Kozel 268
13. The Dramaturgy of Spontaneity: Improvising the Social in Theater / Zoë Svendsen 288
Contributors' Biographies 335