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‘I’m Curious About You’: The Role of Social Identity and Narrative Genre in Musicking Turkish–Kurdish Reconciliation

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dc.contributor.advisor Korostelina, Karina V Williams, Audrey A
dc.creator Williams, Audrey A 2020-12-04 2021-09-28T01:12:43Z 2021-09-28T01:12:43Z
dc.description.abstract The literature on music and conflict transformation has grown in recent years, providing a look at the myriad ways in which music can foment violent conflict, promote resilience in the midst of conflict, and facilitate reconciliation in the aftermath of conflict. Yet, the literature is overly focused on claiming the successes of music in conflict transformation, while remaining sparse on the particularities of how music interrelates with conflict dynamics. Taking the music of two reconciliation-focused bands in Turkey—Kardeş Türküler and Bajar—as a case study, this research draws on the theory of social identity construction and on a new matrix around the function of narrative genre in conflict to triangulate the ways in which Kurdish identity is constructed in the music of these two groups. Through a social identity and narrative genre analysis of a sample of songs from each group, supplemented by interviews with three musicians from these groups, this study elaborates how music functions in conflict transformation. Specifically, this study finds that narratives of social identity and ingroup–outgroup relations can play out in both conflict escalatory and conflict de-escalatory genres while still holding the potential to move away from denigrating outgroups and instead toward constructing generative intergroup relationships. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject social identity en_US
dc.subject reconciliation en_US
dc.subject conflict transformation en_US
dc.subject narrative genre en_US
dc.subject Kurdish identity en_US
dc.subject Turkish-Kurdish conflict en_US
dc.title ‘I’m Curious About You’: The Role of Social Identity and Narrative Genre in Musicking Turkish–Kurdish Reconciliation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US Master's en_US Conflict Analysis and Resolution en_US George Mason University en_US

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