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ERIC Number: EJ1130710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1740 0201
Musicological Ethnography and Peacebuilding
Robertson, Craig
Journal of Peace Education, v13 n3 p252-265 2016
Based on my PhD research with an inter-religious choir in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, this paper discusses my interdisciplinary methodologies and suggests how this approach might be applied to future peacebuilding efforts. The use of ethnographic methods in research is an attempt to comprehend a social scene in a way that is as close as possible to the understanding of those within the scene. Normally, the data collected is linguistic in nature, although the visual and gestural, embodied data are increasingly included. There is very little consideration of the aural in this form of research. Even when the audio is considered, it is often described in written language rather than considered it to be data in and of itself, thereby creating a translation issue. In my own research in Sarajevo, I have made the case for sound and music as ethnographic data, since it is a means of experiencing and expressing tacit cultural understanding within and without a particular social group. This paper examines the commonalities between this approach and the peacebuilding strategies of Lederach et al. ( and proposes how musicological ethnography might be useful as a tool for increased intercultural understanding in peacebuilding activities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo)
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