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Deep listening: towards an imaginative reframing of health and well-being practices in international development

Pavlicevic, Mercédès and Impey, Angela (2013) 'Deep listening: towards an imaginative reframing of health and well-being practices in international development.' Arts and Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice, 5 (3). pp. 238-252.

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Abstract

This paper challenges the “intervention-as-solution” approach to health and well-being as commonly practised in the international development sector, and draws on the disciplinary intersections between Community Music Therapy and ethnomusicology in seeking a more negotiated and situationally apposite framework for health engagement. Drawing inspiration from music-based health applications in conflict or post-conflict environments in particular, and focusing on case studies from Lebanon and South Sudan respectively, the paper argues for a re-imagined international development health and well-being framework based on the concept of deep listening. Defined by composer Pauline Oliveros as listening which “digs below the surface of what is heard … unlocking layer after layer of imagination, meaning, and memory down to the cellular level of human experience” (Oliveros, 2005), the paper explores the methodological applications of such a dialogic, discursive approach with reference to a range of related listening stances – cultural, social and therapeutic. In so doing, it explores opportunities for multi-levelled and culturally inclusive health and well-being practices relevant to different localities in the world and aimed at the re-integration of self, place and community.

Item Type: Articles
Keywords: international development, health and well-being practices, Community Music Therapy, applied ethnomusicology, deep listening
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Music
ISSN: 17533015
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1080/17533015.2013.827227
Depositing User: Angela Impey
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2013 09:31
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/17115

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