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The Music between Us

Kathleen Marie Higgins

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780226333281
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226333274 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226333274.001.0001
The Music between Us

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From our first social bonding as infants to the funeral rites that mark our passing, music plays an important role in our lives, bringing us closer to one another. This book investigates this role, examining the features of human perception that enable music's uncanny ability to provoke, despite its myriad forms across continents and throughout centuries, the sense of a shared human experience. Drawing on disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, musicology, linguistics, and anthropology, it showcases the ways music is used in rituals, education, work, healing, and as a source of security and—perhaps most importantly—joy. By participating so integrally in such meaningful facets of society, music situates itself as one of the most fundamental bridges between people, a truly cross-cultural form of communication that can create solidarity across political divides.

Keywords: human perception; human experience; philosophy; psychology; musicology; linguistics; anthropology; rituals; healing; cross-cultural communication

Book.  289 pages. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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Table of Contents

Other People's Music in The Music between Us

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Musical Animals in The Music between Us

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The Music of Language in The Music between Us

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Musical Synesthesia in The Music between Us

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A Song in Your Heart in The Music between Us

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Comfort and Joy in The Music between Us

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Beyond Ethnocentrism in The Music between Us

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