Does Disability Studies have Anything to Say to Music Therapy? And Would Music Therapy Listen if it Did?

Cameron, Colin (2014) Does Disability Studies have Anything to Say to Music Therapy? And Would Music Therapy Listen if it Did? Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 14 (3). ISSN 1504-1611

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Abstract

In this article I enquire whether a worthwhile dialogue might be entered into between the disciplines of disability studies and music therapy. Considering disability studies alongside feminist theory, I ask whether insights from disability studies can be incorporated within music therapy education and practice. A comparative exploration of the roots and visions of both disciplines, along with a discussion of music therapy's struggle to establish an identity as a clinical profession, leads me to suggest that there are fundamental rifts which would make a constructive dialogue difficult. I draw on perspectives developed by disability studies theorists who have critiqued the development of disabling professions and discuss some examples of disability arts practice to highlight the philosophical differences dividing these two projects. I conclude by suggesting that music therapy realigns itself as a profession allied to the community rather than as a profession allied to medicine.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: disability studies, music therapy, medical model, social model, disabling professions, disability arts
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2018 11:28
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2019 13:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/36775

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