CYBERSPACE, MUSIC AND GRAPPLING WITH VIOLENCE


Browsing through the invitation to UP’s Maceda Project, I can upon a shared app for Wiley, a virtual library on music that will probably take up a lot of my time in the coming days. I clicked the category “Music and Psychology” and this popped up as the first article:

ImageThree Wise Young Men, a Cyber Community and Music — Counselling As Social Action: Storying a Community of Care in the Aftermath of Violence by professors from New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. 

It tells a story of a collaboration to develop “a community of caring solidarity (Sevenhuijsen, 1998) and compassionate witnessing (Weingarten, 2000, 2003)” in the lives of children victimized by violence in their communities.

Don’t expect great narrative journalist. This is an academic paper. But there are plenty of insights for those who deal with the mess violent men (and women) leave in their wake.

This is the opening note of the paper:

This article describes counselling practice as social action, reporting on a case of children witnessing community violence and its aftermath. Highlighted is the role of friends who made a stand of solidarity against such violence. Outsider witness practices helped recruit and grow a community of care for the client and his friends. This community of care was significantly enhanced by the involvement of a lawyer/musician/activist who composed a song with the three friends to take a stance against guns and violence in their society. Caring solidarity, generosity and doing hope together formed small but significant alliances against entrenched practices of violence. 

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