Multicultural dialogues in post-conflict music education settings

Odena, O. (2018) Multicultural dialogues in post-conflict music education settings. In: Race, R. (ed.) Advancing Multicultural Dialogues in Education. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, Switzerland, pp. 215-233. ISBN 9783319605579 (hardback), 9783319868882 (paperback), 9783319605586 (ebook) (doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-60558-6_13)

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The power of music to affect human beings is documented in the scholarly literature, for example in marketing and psychotherapy. Researchers have recently turned their attention to the apparent cross-community integration potential of participating in music activities. My earlier study in Northern Ireland indicated that such activities, when avoiding nationalistic tunes, were allowing children from conflicted communities to work together. As a result, I was invited to work at a peace conference in Cyprus with teachers eager to develop activities for Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot children sharing classrooms for the first time. This chapter develops from reflecting on previous work in Northern Ireland and Cyprus. The opening section outlines the meanings of the main concepts used throughout the text, including multicultural education, ethnicity and integration. In the second and third sections, I discuss recent international developments and advocate for increased research in post-conflict contexts if we are to fully understand the potential of music education for building genuine multicultural dialogues in conflict-affected settings. The conclusions offer implications for policy leaders, practitioners and community organizers, including nine principles for the design of pedagogies of multicultural education in post-conflict environments.

Item Type:Book Sections
Additional Information:This book was released on November 27, 2017. Springer Nature, registered company Springer International Publishing AG, now publishes Palgrave Macmillan.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Odena, Professor Oscar
Authors: Odena, O.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Robert Owen Centre
College of Social Sciences > School of Social & Environmental Sustainability
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:9783319605579 (hardback), 9783319868882 (paperback), 9783319605586 (ebook)
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