Interculturality in the Playground and Playgroup

Music as shared space for young immigrant children and their mothers

Authored by: Kathryn Marsh , Samantha Dieckmann

The Routledge International Handbook of Intercultural Arts Research

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138909939
eBook ISBN: 9781315693699
Adobe ISBN: 9781317437260


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This chapter discusses the potential for intercultural dialogue and expression of interculturality provided by the music of two oral traditions closely associated with children, those represented by children’s playground singing games and lullabies. While pertaining to this potential for intercultural expression and exchange to occur on a general basis, the chapter outlines its enactment in relation to two contexts that were studied as part of an investigation into the musical lives of refugees and newly arrived immigrant children in Sydney, Australia, a city that is a final place of settlement for people from more than 100 birthplace nations.

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