A view from a geopolitical cauldron

Authored by: Marion Haak-Schulenburg , Felicity Laurence

The Routledge Handbook to Sociology of Music Education

Print publication date:  March  2021
Online publication date:  March  2021

Print ISBN: 9781138586369
eBook ISBN: 9780429504631
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Christopher Small contended that art, education, and society are intrinsically interlinked, with changes in each one inevitably affecting the other two. He further challenged the view of children as 'consumers' rather than as 'artists', and in his final treatise Musicking, the reification of music as a 'thing'. His arguments echo in the subsequent work of Gaztambide- Fernández, who has analysed the rhetoric of effects in arts discourses, arguing that these discourses arise out of and also continually reify hierarchical conceptions of artistic practices in education and in broader society. Taking these analyses as points of departure, we consider two music educational projects in the Palestinian-Israeli geopolitical context.

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