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Instrumental routes to emotional geographies

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Abstract:

Emotional experiences and relationships have traditionally been marginalized in human geography despite their impact on all aspects of social life. We argue, however, that understanding emotions is crucial for appreciating how the world of human (inter)actions works. To develop this argument we address two key questions. First, we ask how it is possible for social scientists to access the intimate emotional content of human affairs. One answer to this lies in settings where the emotional dimensions of social relations are deliberately and routinely enhanced. The example we take is that of musical performance. Second, we consider what might be done with these emotional ways of knowing once they have been acquired. What relevance does emotional knowing and being have? To address this, we turn to the relatively neglected concept of social well-being, and we outline some ways in which 'musicking' might be used to promote it. These include music as therapy; music as a way of enhancing quality of life; and music as a medium of empowerment.

Keywords: emotions; empowerment; music; performance; therapy; well-being

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1464936042000317686

Affiliations: Department of Geography University of Durham UK

Publication date: 2004-12-01

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