Music therapy and international development in action and reflection: A case study of a women's music group in rural Bangladesh

Music therapy and international development in action and reflection: A case study of a women's music group in rural Bangladesh

Abstract

This case study presents an example of music therapy practice in an international development context. The article draws on an example of music therapy work in a women and children's refuge in rural Bangladesh to propose considerations for music therapy practice when working cross-culturally with a community in a fixed-term project. Reflecting first on the group experience and then the broader implications for music therapy, the author explores the potential role of music therapy as a psychosocial support tool in international development, the dimensions of cross-cultural collaboration, and the complex negotiation of role and power dynamics as a 'foreigner' in international development settings.

 

Keywords: cross-cultural, power dynamics, international


Citation

Bolger, L. (2012). Music therapy and international development in action and reflection: A case study of a women's music group in rural Bangladesh. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 23, 22-41.


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Date published: July 2012