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Developing social capital: a role for music education and community music in fostering civic engagement and intercultural understanding

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This article posits that musicking can uniquely foster the development of social capital, which leads to civic engagement and intercultural understanding. I review pertinent literature and build a case that music educators and community musicians have a unique role to play in its development. I also reveal a weakness in the theoretical framework of social capital and in the music research literature, and I advocate for developing a richer theoretical framework that analyses both the development of social capital and the unique civic roles, social skills, habits and dispositions developed in various musical practices.
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Keywords: civic engagement; civic roles; intercultural understanding; music education; social capital; social skills

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Utah Valley University.

Publication date: 2010-07-01

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