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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586974.003.0031

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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