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Spring 2006


It is difficult to name a particular discipline this project falls under. It makes use of sociological theories, ethnographic research, and historical methods to study the meanings and the social community of the accordion. The closest thing to an existing “discipline” for this project is the rather small set of existing writings on the accordion’s history. There are several Russian, French, and German books about the instrument which, for reasons of language, are inaccessible to English-speaking readers. As for English-language works, there was practically nothing written before Toni Charuhas’ book The Accordion from 1955, of which I have not been able to obtain a copy. There have been several student theses about the accordion, Henry Doktorski has published several short articles describing aspects of the accordion’s history, and there are even a few accordion-centered short books such as the Accordion Resource Manual by Joseph Macerollo (1980). Victor Greene’s A Passion for Polka (1992) mentions the accordion as a relevant side note. However, the only two comprehensive works appear to be Flynn et al.’s The Golden Age of the Accordion (1992) and Steve Winkler’s master’s thesis in sociology, Accordion Work: Stigma and Struggle (1999). Most of these works focus on the accordion’s past, rather than the present situation that I am studying in this paper.