Musical Healing in Cultural Contexts

Musical Healing in Cultural Contexts

by Penelope Gouk
     
 

This collaborative work by a group of scholars provides an inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural discussion of how people use music to heal themselves and others, and whether the healing powers of music are universal or culturally specific. They do not address music therapy by trained therapists; rather, the 10 essays refer to the general therapeutic affect of music… See more details below

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This collaborative work by a group of scholars provides an inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural discussion of how people use music to heal themselves and others, and whether the healing powers of music are universal or culturally specific. They do not address music therapy by trained therapists; rather, the 10 essays refer to the general therapeutic affect of music as a form of recreation and creativity or as part of a liberal education. Edited by Penelope Gouk, Wellcome researcher in the history of medicine at the U. of Manchester. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781840142792
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.79(d)

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Table of Contents

List of figures and tablesvii
Notes on contributorsix
Acknowledgementsxiii
1Introduction1
2Bodies of sound and landscapes of music: a view from the Bolivian Andes26
3Theories of music in African ngoma healing46
4Dancing the disease: music and trance in Tumbuka healing67
5'Spiritual medicine': music and healing in Islam and its influence in Western medicine85
6The inflected voice: attraction and curative properties92
7'No pill's gonna cure my ill': gender, erotic melancholy and traditions of musical healing in the modern West113
8Soul music as exemplified in nineteenth-century German psychiatry137
9The dancing nurse: kalela drums and the history of hygiene in Africa149
10Sister disciplines? Music and Medicine in historical perspective171
Bibliography197
Index217

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