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date: 07 April 2020

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This chapter explores identity, struggle, and inclusion in three contrasting settings: in American prisons and in community music projects in two vastly different locations and situations in Mexico and Palestine. The chapter relates this exploration to the Empowering Song approach developed in the United States in Boston, Massachusetts. This approach, born in the oppressive context of American prisons, and possessed of general music education approaches, has developed into a model for community music where social justice, enquiry, personal transformation, and community bonding are sought. In all three settings described in this chapter, identity, struggle, and inclusion are key elements through which the author interrogates and examines the artistic, pedagogical, and communal processes through a narrative style.

Keywords: : Mexico, Palestine, incarceration, community, human rights, Empowering Song, struggle

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