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This qualitative study presents an approach to adding music to a facilitated process of addressing conflict with adults. Data were collected from 18 experienced mediators who participated in a researcher-designed workshop that explored the use of music to address conflict. Data were also collected from three international professionals who have used music in their organization to address conflict with adults. Demographics of the participants were as follows: 18 out of 21 were from the Pacific Northwest region of the United States; 16 out of 21 were women. Research methods followed constructivist grounded theory, as designed by Charmaz (2005, 2006). These methods included initial, focused, and theoretical coding. The three main themes that emerged from the research are: (a) antecedent experiences with music affect the ability to use it to address conflict; (b) music transforms conflict by creating common ground, eliciting physiological change, addressing feelings and thoughts, and improving communication; and (c) musical exercises require careful consideration when used to address conflict. Conflict transformation was the theoretical orientation that most influenced this study. The focus of the study was on nonclinical settings; music therapy served as a guide for the application of music as a tool to address nonmusical goals. Conflict exists and is addressed through facilitation in many areas of life, from neighborhood disputes to contentious international relations. Facilitated processes generally address these conflicts through verbal means, such as mediation and negotiation. The implication of this research on transforming conflict through music includes broadening the scope of conflict interventions to extend beyond the commonly used verbal strategies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781243568748
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/3/2011
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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