Response to 'Rethinking music's status as adaptation versus technology

A niche construction perspective'

Despite many good arguments in Killin's article, his refusal to acknowledge and confront the actual authors of the theories he challenges, his overly selective approach to identifying appropriate ethnomusicological data, his criticism of the disciplinary trajectory of ethnomusicology and his support for the relatively new and unsubstantiated niche construction theory problematise the article for ethnomusicologists interested in evolutionary theories about music.

Journal British Journal of Ethnomusicology
Year 2016
Volume 25
Issue 2
Pages 234-236

Lawson, F. R. S. (2016) Response to 'Rethinking music's status as adaptation versus technology: a niche construction perspective'. In: British Journal of Ethnomusicology, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 234-236. Available at


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