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They Drop Beats, Not Bombs: A Brief Discussion of Issues Surrounding the Potential of Music and Dance in Youth Peace-building

Pruitt, Lesley (2008) They Drop Beats, Not Bombs: A Brief Discussion of Issues Surrounding the Potential of Music and Dance in Youth Peace-building. Australian Journal of Peace Studies, 3. pp. 14-32. ISSN 1833-993X

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Abstract

This article focuses on how young people can use music and dance for peacebuilding. It utilises the framework of positive peace so it is concerned with much more than the absence of war or direct violence.1 Positive peace is a peace with justice, including gender justice. It involves an assurance of fair ‘social, economic and political arrangements’2 and the preservation of human rights.3 Peacebuilding from this perspective seeks ‘to prevent, reduce, transform, and help people recover from violence in all forms, even structural violence that has not yet led to massive civil unrest’.4 As Elisabeth Porter suggests, it requires a broad process of creating a societal environment to promote ‘peace through development and aid, human rights education, and the restoration of community life’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID22516. music programs, dance programs, peace education, artistic forums, workshops, peace building, young people, peacemakers, dialogue
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
FOR Classification > 2201 Applied Ethics
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 23:10
Last Modified: 22 May 2012 23:10
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7787
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