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Music, youth, and peacebuilding in Northern Ireland

Pruitt, Lesley (2011) Music, youth, and peacebuilding in Northern Ireland. Global Change, Peace and Security, 23 (2). pp. 207-222. ISSN 1478-1158 (print), 1478-1166 (online)

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Abstract

This article presents a preliminary analysis from a case study conducted in Northern Ireland. Participant observation and semi-structured interviewing were used to learn whether music might serve as a useful tool for engaging Northern Irish youth in peacebuilding. Obstacles and limitations certainly exist, but the data suggests that music can be used to engage youth in peacebuilding in three key ways: (1) music can be useful in bringing youth together to share meaning, and as such is an alternative way to engage in dialogue for building peace; (2) music-making can help youth gain self-esteem and reconsider their view of others in a way that can help to destabilize conflict identities; and (3) by taking part in musical programs, violence by, against, and between youth may be reduced or prevented by changing the way youth experience the spaces they inhabit and/or by providing alternative activities to rioting.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID24122, youth, peacebuilding, Northern Ireland, dialogue, identity, space
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
FOR Classification > 1606 Political Science
SEO Classification > 9403 International Relations
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2012 03:13
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2012 03:13
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9331
DOI: 10.1080/14781158.2011.580961
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