Music is generally seen as a positive thing, but there is a darker side to its use. There are inequalities in whose music is heard and whose is suppressed.
The use of music as a weapon in war and conflict, or as punishment in the criminal justice system, takes something society generally perceives as intrinsically ‘good’ and subverts it. Music (and sound) has been used as a method of torture in conflict situations. It is also used to punish or repel the least powerful in society – unwanted groups of young people or others perceived as ‘deviant’.
Drawing on her research, Dr Eleanor Peters will discuss the use of music in crime control, prevention and punishment and will explore blatant misuses of music for harmful ends, many of which contravene people’s human rights and civil liberties.
Dr Eleanor Peters is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Edge Hill University. She has worked for many years as a researcher in the voluntary sector and in local government. She is the author and co-author of a number of publications on youth justice, parenting, social care issues, and drug use.
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