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Music, Health, and Wellbeing$
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Raymond MacDonald, Gunter Kreutz, and Laura Mitchell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199586974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.001.0001

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Cross-Cultural Approaches to Music and Health

Cross-Cultural Approaches to Music and Health

Chapter 31 Cross-Cultural Approaches to Music and Health
Music, Health, and Wellbeing

Suvi Saarikallio

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews some of the recent literature exploring the possible meanings of music for promoting psychological wellbeing in different cultures. As a result, it can be suggested that even though the ways may be different, the reasons may be the same: the emotional, mental, and social domains appear recurrently as fundamental elements of the music-related enhancement of psychological wellbeing in a range of cultures. However, clear cultural differences are likely to exist regarding which aspects of these general elements become emphasized in a given cultural context. One possible difference may be that individualistic cultures appreciate music particularly as a means for supporting personal emotional work whereas collectivist cultures appreciate music especially as a form of social enjoyment.

Keywords:   cross-cultural studies, music, health, wellbeing, cultural differences

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