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‘Re-voicing: Community choir participation as a medium for identity formation amongst people with learning disabilities’

Hassan, NA (2017) ‘Re-voicing: Community choir participation as a medium for identity formation amongst people with learning disabilities’. International Journal of Community Music, 10 (2). pp. 207-225. ISSN 1752-6299

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Abstract

This article examines findings from ethnographic research with the ReVoice choir project in North-West England. ReVoice was a community choir that consisted of members from two charitable organizations and the author of this article. A number of ReVoice’s members were adults with learning disabilities and part of the choir’s remit was to produce music that would feature in a film about hate crime perpetuated against people with disabilities. In the light of debates regarding the politics of identity for people with disabilities, this article illustrates how the formation of the choir, the rehearsal process and the choir performances constituted a distinctive cultural context that afforded people significant opportunities to develop an alternative, empowered sense of self in concert with others.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1904 Performing Arts And Creative Writing, 1301 Education Systems, 1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Intellect
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Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2017 08:54
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2017 04:51
DOI or Identification number: 10.1386/ijcm.10.2.207_1
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7057

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