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date: 17 October 2019

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This chapter argues that there is considerable potential in ethnomusicology, and especially in minority studies, for intercultural communication. Ethnomusicology is suited to working in this way, because music has proven itself to be a powerful instrument of constructing and conveying identities and of “relocation.” This potential can be used in applied ethnomusicology. After a theoretical introduction, three case studies from Austria are presented, covering a time span of 25 years, involving different minority groups: Roma, Bosnian refugees, and immigrants from Turkey. The varied sociopolitical background in each of the cases is taken into account, as well as the different methodological approaches due to changing discourses in ethnomusicology.

Keywords: minority research, applied ethnomusicology, Bosnian refugees, Roma, immigrants, empowerment, Austria

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