Review of Communication Research

INTERPERSONAL AND INTERGROUP COMMUNICATION                                                                                                

Title & Authors

Music and Intergroup Relations: Exacerbating Conflict and Building Harmony through Music

Jake Harwood (University of Arizona, USA)

Highlights

• Examines music as a form of communication.

• Reviews current work on communication and music from various disciplines and perspectives.

• Reviews an intergroup approach to communication.

• Presents ways in which music can be considered as a form of intergroup communication.

• Examines prospects for music to exacerbate or ameliorate intergroup conflict.

• Presents a plan for future research on intergroup communication and music.

Abstract

This article describes the ways in which music is an important part of identity, and hence serves some similar functions to other forms of identity-related communication (e.g., language). It will describe how music is used to incite intergroup hatred (e.g., among soccer fans, military music) and to support valued identities (anthems, etc.). Relevant literature on stereotyping (including stereotyping of groups related to music) is included. The article also discusses how music is used to reduce intergroup hostility (e.g., via cross-cultural musical collaboration and contact). The article connects the various literatures from communication, social psychology, sociology, and ethnomusicology, providing a broad overview of the many connections between communication, music, and social identity. It closes with a research agenda for those interested in studying intergroup communication and music.

Content

 GROWTH OF ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS/COMMUNITIES

CONNECTIONS BETWEEN MUSIC AND COMMUNICATION

Research on Music and Communication

Is it the Music, or the Lyrics, or the Multimedia Context?

SOCIAL IDENTITY APPROACHES TO INTERGROUP COMMUNICATION MUSIC AS INTERGROUP COMMUNICATION I: MUSIC AND SOCIAL CATEGORIZATION

Music Represents Social Categories

Music and Stereotyping

Music as Category

MUSIC AS INTERGROUP COMMUNICATION II: MUSIC, INGROUP FAVORITISM, OUTGROUP DEROGATION, AND INTERGROUP CONFLICT

Music for Group Mobilization

Intergroup Effects of Music and Musical Content

Music and Lyrics to Incite Intergroup Hostility

Musical Subcultures and Conflict

MUSIC AND INTERGROUP COMMUNICATION III: MUSIC AS A RESPONSE TO THREATENED GROUP IDENTITY

Social Mobility

Social Creativity

Social Competition

MUSIC AS INTERGROUP COMMUNICATION IV: MUSIC AND POSITIVE INTERGROUP RELATIONS

Music as Parasocial Contact

Music as Vicarious Contact

Direct Intergroup Musical Contact

Messages of Tolerance and Harmony in Lyrics

MUSIC AS INTERGROUP COMMUNICATION V: DIMENSIONS FOR STUDY AND A RESEARCH AGENDA

Dimensions for Studying Music and Intergroup Communication

Table 1. Musical factors increasing or decreasing intergroup tolerance Research Agenda

CONCLUSIONS

REFERENCES

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Music and intergroup relations: Exacerbating conflict and building harmony through music

Jake Harwood

Keywords: Intergroup relations, Music, Contact, Identity, Prejudice.

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Harwood, J. (2017). Music and intergroup relations: Exacerbating conflict and building harmony through music. Review of Communication Research, 5, 1-34. doi: 10.12840/issn.2255-4165.2017.05.01.012

Keywords

Intergroup relations, Music, Contact, Identity, Prejudice.

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Social Science Open Access Repository @ http://www.ssoar.info/en/home.html

About the Author

Jake Harwood is professor at the Department of Communication of University of Arizona, USA.

 

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