The Routledge Companion to Music and Human Rights is a collection of case studies spanning a wide range of concerns about music and human rights in response to intensifying challenges to the well-being of individuals, peoples, and the planet. It brings forward the expertise of academic researchers, lawyers, human rights practitioners, and performing musicians who offer critical reflection on how their work might identify, inform, or advance mutual interests in their respective fields. The book is comprised of 28 chapters, interspersed with 23 ‘voices’ – portraits that focus on individuals’ intimate experiences with music in the defence or advancement of human rights – and explores the following four themes: 1) Fundamentals on music and human rights; 2) Music in pursuit of human rights; 3) Music as a means of violating human rights; 4) Human rights and music: intrinsic resonances.

chapter |10 pages


ByGeorge Ulrich, Angela Impey

part Part I|114 pages

Fundamentals on Human Rights and Music

chapter 1|15 pages

What Are Human Rights?

ByManfred Nowak

chapter 2|25 pages

Why Music and Human Rights? 1

ByJulian Fifer

chapter 3|16 pages

The Human Right to Music

ByNoelle Higgins, Michael O’Flaherty

chapter 4|10 pages

Music Education

Child Development and Human Rights
BySteven J. Holochwost, Elizabeth Stuk

chapter 5|20 pages

Censorship of Music

ByKoen De Feyter

chapter 6|14 pages

The Right to Let Culture Die

ByTrevor G. Reed

chapter 7|12 pages

Music Sustainability, Human Rights, and Future Justice

ByCatherine Grant

part Part II|198 pages

Music in Pursuit of Human Rights

chapter 8|13 pages

Orality and the Poetics of Forgiveness in South Sudan

ByAngela Impey

chapter 9|21 pages

Girls Can Dance Xigubu, Too

An Embodied Response to Gender-Based Violence in Mozambique
ByKaren Boswall, Jane K. Cowan

chapter 10|22 pages


The Role of Popular Music in Overcoming Homophobia in Sub-Saharan Anglophone Africa 1
ByFrans Viljoen

chapter 11|22 pages

Rock Nacional in Argentina

Resistance to Censorship and Cultural Repression During the Military Dictatorship (1976–1983)
ByDiego Lopez, Verónica Gómez

chapter 12|23 pages

Silence, Complicity, and Forgotten Voices Heard

ByKelly Hall-Tompkins

chapter 13|18 pages

Reinvoking Gran Bwa (Great Forest)

Music, Environmental Justice, and a Vodou-Inspired Mission to Plant Trees Across Haiti 1
ByRebecca Dirksen

chapter 14|19 pages

Music and Human Rights

A Perspective from the Humanitarian Sector
ByTeresa Hanley

chapter 16|17 pages

Claiming Human Rights in Iraq

Reflections on the Creation of a Musicians' Collective to Advance Freedom of Expression, Gender Equality, and Cultural Participation
ByLuca Chiavinato

chapter 17|15 pages

Music in Contexts of Incarceration

Perspectives From Javanese Gamelan Performance
ByMaria Mendonça

chapter 18|16 pages

Music Therapy and Human Rights Issues in the Clinic and the Community

ByBrynjulf Stige

part Part III|60 pages

Music as a Means of Violating Human Rights

chapter 19|7 pages

Music Torture in the ‘War on Terror’

ByManfred Nowak

chapter 20|16 pages

Music, Terror, and Civilizing Projects in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

ByRachel Harris, Aziz Isa Elkun

chapter 21|17 pages

Weaponized Music

Schubert, Interrogation, and Memory in Dorfman's La muerte y la doncella
ByKatja Stroke-Adolphe

chapter 22|18 pages

Sounds of a Caste-Ending Cultural Movement in Western India 1

ByRasika Ajotikar

part Part IV|111 pages

Human Rights and Music

chapter 23|13 pages

The Sound of Human Rights

Wordless Music That Speaks for Humanity
ByBruce Adolphe

chapter 24|18 pages

Adorno Revisited

Aesthetic Theory, Politics, and Human Rights
ByGeorge Ulrich

chapter 25|31 pages

Decoding Viktor Ullmann's Last Piano Sonata Through Legal Methodology

ByMichael Wiener

chapter 26|13 pages

Music and a ‘Universal Culture of Human Rights’

ByPeter G. Kirchschlaeger

chapter 27|13 pages

Don't Just Sing About It

Choral Music in the Pursuit of Human Rights
ByJustin Jalea, Alexander Lloyd Blake