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Handbook of Musical Identities$
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Raymond MacDonald, David J. Hargreaves, and Dorothy Miell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199679485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679485.001.0001

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Music, Identity, and Health

Music, Identity, and Health

(p.589) Chapter 32 Music, Identity, and Health
Handbook of Musical Identities

Even Ruud

Oxford University Press

This chapter centers upon the ways in which music and musical experiences can produce memories, psychological resonances, and reflections, which become the raw material of the stories we tell about ourselves, or the identities we perform for others. Based upon an interpretative concept of “health” and an acknowledgment that quality of life plays a part in how we experience our health from moment to moment, the present narrative demonstrates that experiences with music can protect, promote, and maintain both our health and our quality of life. Specifically, it shows how a strong sense of identity derived from music can contribute to the following four aspects of health: a sense of vitality, a sense of agency, a sense of belonging, and a sense of coherence and meaning.

Keywords:   music, identity, health, well-being, quality of life, cultural immunogen

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