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The journal Music and Arts in Action (MAiA) emerges from international, cross-disciplinary work that takes a wider, holistic approach in researching the dynamic role of music and the arts in social life and cultural experience. Cutting-edge work in this area considers how aesthetic experiences and artistic forms are unconsciously, semi-consciously and actively used by individuals and groups to structure social relations, situations, environments and action. Simply put, how, when and where do music and art do something, how do music and art matter?

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MAiA is published by the Department of Sociology & Philosophy, University of Exeter.

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  • Artistic Practices: social interactions and cultural dynamics 

    Schurig, Eva (University of Exeter, 2017)
  • The Nile Project: making music for peace in the Nile Basin region 

    Mancini Becker, Kelly (University of Exeter, 2017)
    The use of music in peacebuilding is a new and emerging field. Yet there is sparse empirical evidence on its outcomes. The Nile Project is a musical collaborative from East Africa that brings together musicians from all ...
  • Singing Against Loneliness: songs of a homeless choir in Porto 

    Boal-Palheiros, Graca (University of Exeter, 2017)
    recent decades, cultural institutions in Western countries have developed educational services and supported community cultural projects. Through the rhetoric of social inclusion, the concert hall Casa da Música (CM) in ...
  • How Support Personnel Shape Artworks: the case of stage managers 

    Kordsmeier, Gregory T (University of Exeter, 2017)
    It is commonly accepted in the sociology of art that artworks are created in collaboration. In an attempt to take artworks seriously from a sociological perspective, this paper explores how the collaboration of all the ...
  • Testing Musical Traditions: for social and human development amongst the Ga people in South-East Ghana 

    Marshall, Nola (University of Exeter, 2017)
    This article explores the role of several genres of performance arts that were developed or adopted and maintained by the Ga people in Greater Accra in South- East Ghana. The purpose of these genres is to create solidarity, ...
  • Editorial 

    Boia, Pedro S; Robertson, Craig; Guran-Aydin, Pinar; Gracio, Rita; Mead, Rosanna; Schurig, Eva (University of Exeter, 2017)
  • Aumi-Futurism: The Elsewhere and "Elsewhen" of (Un)Rolling the Boulder and Turning the Page 

    Stewart, Jesse; Tucker, Sherrie; Williams, Peter A; Haaheim, Kip (University of Exeter, 2017)
    This article discusses two performances that used the movement-to-music technology known as the "Adaptive Use Musical Instrument" or AUMI to allow differently-abled participants to collaborate with one another: (Un)Rolling ...
  • Turning the Page excerpt 3.mp4 

    Stewart, Jessie; Tucker, Sherrie; Williams, Peter A; Haaheim, Kip (University of Exeter, 2018-01-04)
    Aumi-Futurism: The Elsewhere and "Elsewhen" of (Un)Rolling the Boulder and Turning the Page Abstract This article discusses two performances that used the movement-to-music technology known as the "Adaptive Use Musical ...
  • Turning the Page excerpt 1.mp4 

    Stewart, Jessie; Tucker, Sherrie; Williams, Peter A; Haaheim, Kip (University of Exeter, 2018-01-04)
    Aumi-Futurism: The Elsewhere and "Elsewhen" of (Un)Rolling the Boulder and Turning the Page Abstract This article discusses two performances that used the movement-to-music technology known as the "Adaptive Use Musical ...
  • Turning the Page excerpt 2.mp4 

    Stewart, Jessie; Tucker, Sherrie; Williams, Peter A; Haaheim, Kip (University of Exeter, 2018-01-04)
    Aumi-Futurism: The Elsewhere and "Elsewhen" of (Un)Rolling the Boulder and Turning the Page Abstract This article discusses two performances that used the movement-to-music technology known as the "Adaptive Use Musical ...
  • 'Criminals' Performing for Change: Budhan Theatre´s fight against injustice and police atrocity 

    Bhatt, S (University of Exeter, 2016)
    This article is about the Budhan Theatre, located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India and known for using Street Theatre as a medium to bring about social change. Budhan’s street theatre is a new kind of theatre which brings ...
  • Editorial 

    Boia, PS (University of Exeter, 2016)
    It is our pleasure to announce a new issue of Music and Arts in Action (MAiA), published by the SocArts Research Group, University of Exeter, UK, which provides the reader with rich insights into realities remarkably ...
  • 'They Change Us': The social and emotional impacts on music facilitators of engaging in music and singing with asylum seekers 

    Lenette, C; Procopis, B (University of Exeter, 2016)
    The literature on the social and emotional wellbeing of community musicians who engage with marginalised groups with complex mental health issues such as refugees, is relatively scarce. The Scattered People is a collective ...
  • Conflict and Reparation: The agency of music in modern monastic community dynamics 

    Haste, AJ (University of Exeter, 2016)
    Despite the social climate of individualism and freedom of choice which pervades the early twenty-first century, men and women still feel called to enter monastic life, a decision which brings with it not only vows of ...
  • The Flemish Lions Singing: Community imagination and historical legitimisation of nationalism at the 76th Flemish National Song Festival 

    Mazzola, A (University of Exeter, 2016)
    The purpose of this article is to examine how music is used as a tool to express political claims as well as to strengthen the collective consciousness of the Flemish nationalist movement in the context of the 76th Flemish ...
  • The Modern Idea of Creativity and its Influence on Music Therapy 

    Wakao, Y (University of Exeter, 2016)
    In recent years, improvisation has been recognized as one of the most important tools for music therapy. Several accounts have been made concerning the importance of improvisation, each from a particular music therapists ...
  • Playing with Distinction? Music Therapy and the Affordances of Improvisation 

    Procter, Simon (University of Exeter, 2016)
    In the United Kingdom (UK), improvisation seems to be regarded as central to, and even defnitional of, the practice of music therapy. This article considers reasons why improvisation might be professionally prized in ...
  • Keywords in Musical Free Improvisation 

    Bergstroem-Nielsen, C (University of Exeter, 2016)
    This article presents some keywords and concepts concerning free improvised music and its recent developments drawing from ongoing bibliographical research. A radical pluralism stems from musicians' backgrounds and the ...
  • Musical Improvisation and the Academy 

    Stewart, J (University of Exeter, 2016)
    Academic interest in musical improvisation has increased signifcantly in recent years. This is evidenced not only by the increasing number of publications focused on improvisation, but also by the growing number of ...
  • Editorial: Improvisation Among the Discourses 

    Stewart, J (University of Exeter, 2016)
    Tis Special Issue of Music and Arts in Action (MAiA) is a collection essays that began as talks that were delivered at the 2010 symposium, “Flirting with Uncertainty: Improvisation in Performance”, that was organized by ...

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