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Cross-Cultural Approaches to Music and Health

Suvi Saarikallio

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/9780199586974.003.0031
Cross-Cultural Approaches to Music and Health

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This chapter reviews some of the recent literature exploring the possible meanings of music for promoting psychological wellbeing in different cultures. As a result, it can be suggested that even though the ways may be different, the reasons may be the same: the emotional, mental, and social domains appear recurrently as fundamental elements of the music-related enhancement of psychological wellbeing in a range of cultures. However, clear cultural differences are likely to exist regarding which aspects of these general elements become emphasized in a given cultural context. One possible difference may be that individualistic cultures appreciate music particularly as a means for supporting personal emotional work whereas collectivist cultures appreciate music especially as a form of social enjoyment.

Keywords: cross-cultural studies; music; health; wellbeing; cultural differences

Chapter.  8057 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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