New book by alumna Klisala Harrison examines music, human rights and poverty

Jan. 8, 2021 | Alumni

Congratulations to UVic Music alumna Klisala Harrison (BMus ’97) on her recent publication from Oxford University Press of Music Downtown Eastside, a landmark book on music, human rights and poverty.

From Oxford University Press:

Music Downtown Eastside draws on two decades of research in one of North America’s poorest urban areas to illustrate how human rights can be promoted through music. Harrison’s examination of how gentrification, grant funding, and community organizations affect the success or failure of human rights-focused musical initiatives offers insights into the complex relationship between culture, poverty, and human rights that have global implications and applicability.

The book takes the reader into popular music jams and music therapy sessions offered to the poor in churches, community centers and health organizations. Harrison analyzes the capabilities music-making develops, and musical moments where human rights are respected, promoted, threatened, or violated. The book offers insights on the relationship between music and poverty, a social deprivation that diminishes capabilities and rights. It contributes to the human rights literature by examining critically how human rights can be strengthened in cultural practices and policy.”