Music and Conflict Transformation

Music and Conflict Transformation : Harmonies and Dissonances in Geopolitics

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In 1999 the Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and the Palestinian writer Edward Said organised a concert in Weimar in which half the performers were Palestinians and the other half Israelis.The performance itself and the rehearsals which preceded it had a lasting effect on all the participants. How far can the relationship between music and politics be used to promote a more peaceful world? That is the central question which motivates this challenging new work by some of the leading musicians and music scholars of our time. Combining theory from experienced academics such as Johan Galtung, Cindy Cohen and Karen Abi-Ezzi with compelling stories from musicians like Yair Dalal, the book also includes an exclusive interview with folk legend Pete Seeger. In each instance, practical and theoretical perspectives have been combined in order to explore music's role in conflict transformation. The book is divided into five sections. The first, 'Frameworks', reflects in-depth on the connections between music and peace, while the second, 'Music and Politics', discusses the impact of music on society.
The third section, 'Healing and Education', offers examples of the transformative power of music in prisons and settings of conflict-resolution, while the fourth, 'Stories from the Field', tells true stories about music's impact in the Middle East and elsewhere. Finally, 'Reflections' encourages the reader to consider a personal evaluation of the work with a view to further explorations of the power of music to promote peace.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20.32mm | 367g
  • I.B. Tauris
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780764251
  • 9781780764252
  • 1,347,455

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors ix
Preface xii
Olivier Urbain
Foreword xv
Peter van den Dungen
Acknowledgements xvii
Multimedia Material Accompanying this Volume xix
Introduction 1
Olivier Urbain

1 Music and Empathy 13
Felicity Laurence
2 Music: A Universal Language? 26
Cynthia Cohen
3 Music and Value in Cross-Cultural Work 40
June Boyce-Tillman
4 Peace, Music and the Arts: In Search of Interconnections 53
Johan Galtung

5 Music as a Tool of Reconciliation in South Africa 63
Anne-Marie Gray
6 We Shall Overcome: The Roles of Music in the US
Civil Rights Movement 78
Baruch Whitehead
7 Music as a Discourse of Resistance: The Case of Gilad Atzmon 93
Karen Abi-Ezzi
8 Unpeaceful Music 104
George Kent
9 Music Behind Bars: Testimonies of Suffering, Survival and
Transformation 115
Kjell Skyllstad
10 Healing Cultural Violence: "Collective Vulnerability" through
Guided Imagery with Music 128
Vegar Jordanger
11 Music Therapy: Healing, Growth, Creating a Culture of Peace 147
Maria Elena Lopez Vinader
12 Managing Conflicts through Music: Educational Perspectives 172
Kjell Skyllstad

13 Working in the Trenches: Surviving Conflicts through
Folk Music and Tales 187
Rik Palieri
14 Art for Harmony in the Middle East: The Music of Yair Dalal 201
Olivier Urbain
15 Music and Peacemaking in Educational Contexts 212
June Boyce-Tillman

Index 229
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'An admirable collaboration with a diverse group of writers... a thoughtful and thought-provoking exploration of new connections in human endeavour.' - Theresa Wolfwood, Director, Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation
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About Olivier Urbain

Olivier Urbain is research fellow at the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research in Tokyo, former professor of Modern Languages and Peace Studies at Soka University, Japan, and founder and former director of the Transcend: Art and Peace Network (T:AP), the artistic branch of Johan Galtung's TRANSCEND peace and development network. An amateur blues pianist, he specializes in the links between music and peace. Publications include several articles on this topic and about the power of the arts for peace. He is currently the co-convenor of the Commission on Art and Peace (CAP) of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) and member of the IPRA council. He is the editor of Music for Conflict Transformation, a volume published by I. B. Tauris in October 2007.
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