Sing after God a new song. Ritual-musical appropriations of Psalms in Dutch culture between 1990 and 2020

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    In the Netherlands, traditional churches and religious institutions are losing ground, as is the
    case in the rest of western Europe. Religion changes and traditional religious forms migrate
    to other realms, sometimes to return to ecclesial contexts again. In this article, we present a
    research project on ritual-musical appropriations of psalms in contemporary Dutch culture.
    The concept of ritual-musical appropriations implies this is a social, and sometimes collective,
    process of meaning-making, which raises questions relating to formations of community,
    identity, and the power relations which structure and are structured by this very process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-39
    Number of pages19
    JournalYearbook for Ritual and Liturgical Studies
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


    • Psalms, ritual-musical appropriation, (collective) identity, power, contemporary culture

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