Sunday, December 21, 2008

Music & Culture conflict. Global peace and policy




Olivier Urbain (ed.), Music and Conflict Transformation: Harmonies and Dissonances in Geopolitics,
I B Tauris & Co Ltd -Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, London, 2008
XVIII+234 pp.
ISBN 1845115287,
ISBN 9781845115289

Section 1: Frameworks
Chapter 1 - Empathy
Felicity Laurence
Chapter 2 - Music: A Universal Language?
Cynthia Cohen
Chapter 3 - Music and Value in Cross-cultural Work
June Boyce-Tillman
Chapter 4 - Peace, Music and the Arts: in Search of Interconnections
Johan Galtung
Section 2: Music and Politics
Chapter 5 - Vocal Music as a Tool for Reconciliation between Previously Polarised Societies in South Africa
Anne-Marie Gray
Chapter 6 - We Shall Overcome: The Roles of Music in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement
Baruch Whitehead
Chapter 7 - Music as a Discourse of Resistance: the Case of Gilad Atzmon
Karen Abi-Ezzi
Chapter 8 - Unpeaceful Music
George Kent
Section 3, Helaling and Education
Chapter 9 - Music behind Bars: Testimonies of Suffering, Survival and Transformation
Kjell Skyllstad
Chapter 10 - Healing Cultural Violence: Collective Vulnerability through Guided Imagery with Music
Vegar Jordanger
Chapter 11 - Music Therapy: Healing, Growth, and Inner Peace
Maria Elena López Vinader
Chapter 12 - Managing Conflicts through Music: Educational Perspectives
Kjell Skyllstad
Section 4: Stories from the Field
Chapter 13 - Working in the Trenches: Surviving Conflicts through Folk Music and Tales
Rik Palieri (with an exclusive interview of Pete Seeger)
Chapter 14 - Art for Harmony in the Middle-East: the Music of Yair Dalal
Olivier Urbain
Chapter 15 - Music and Peace Making in Educational Contexts
June Boyce-Tillman


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. Combining theory from renowned 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 indepth on the connections between music and peace, while the second, 'Music and Politics', discusses the actual impact of music on society. The third section, 'Healing and Education' offers specific examples of the transformative power of music in prisons and other 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 capacity of music to promote peace-building.



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.

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