Face-to-Face Encounters

Lee Higgins

in Community Music

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199777839
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950218 | DOI:
Face-to-Face Encounters

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The purpose of Chapter 10 is to explore the claim that one-to-one encounters between community music facilitators and music participants can be described as friendships. It begins with the question, “How can we understand the relationship between community musicians and the participants they work with?” Using data drawn from interviews and observations from three countries, four themes guide the discussion: individual participant, working together, trust, respect, and responsibility, and friendship. Using theoretical ideas drawn from Derrida, Levinas and Critchley the author suggests that although the individual relationships are structured through an ethical “call” and “welcome” they are unequal. In conclusion, the relationship between the community music facilitator and the participant emerges as a friendship, an honest, committed and respectful relationship of fluctuating inequality, a togetherness of one face toward another.

Keywords: friendship; ethics; call; welcome; trust; responsibility; Levinas; Critchley; respect

Chapter.  5485 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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