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Musical Flourishing: Community Music Therapy, Controversy, and the Cultivation of Wellbeing

Gary Ansdell and Tia DeNora

in Music, Health, and Wellbeing

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199586974
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738357 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.003.0008
Musical Flourishing: Community Music Therapy, Controversy, and the Cultivation of Wellbeing

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This chapter reflects on the growing recognition of music's potential as a resource in health and social care. It suggests how a growing interdisciplinary understanding of health and wellbeing as ‘ecological’ phenomena meshes perfectly with a similarly developing ecological understanding of people, music, and context. Together these perspectives show how music can provide a resource for cultivating wellbeing, understood as the positive flourishing of identity, relationship, and community (regardless of ‘objective’ health status). It also highlights some of the dilemmas, controversies, and ironies associated with this current fashionable applause for ‘music and health’.

Keywords: music; public health; social care; wellbeing

Chapter.  9515 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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