Book: The Routledge Companion to Music and Human Rights


The Routledge Companion to Music and Human Rights is a collection of case studies spanning a wide range of concerns about music and human rights in response to intensifying challenges to the well-being of individuals, peoples, and the planet. The book brings forward the expertise of academic researchers, lawyers, human rights practitioners, and performing musicians who offer critical reflections on how their work might identify, inform, or advance mutual interests.

The book is comprised of 28 chapters, interspersed with 23 “voices”–portraits of individuals’ intimate experiences with music in the defense or advancement of human rights. Its four themes include: 1) Fundamentals on music and human rights, 2) Music in pursuit of human rights, 3) Music as a means of violating human rights, and 4) Human rights and music: intrinsic resonances.

Dr. Steven Holochwost co-authored Chapter 4, Music Education: Child Development and Human Rights, of the The Routledge Companion.

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