Popular music as vehicle for cultural change intervention: Takun J's cultural diplomacy in post-conflict Liberia

Morgan, B 2015, 'Popular music as vehicle for cultural change intervention: Takun J's cultural diplomacy in post-conflict Liberia', Studia Europaea, vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 233-244.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Popular music as vehicle for cultural change intervention: Takun J's cultural diplomacy in post-conflict Liberia
Author(s) Morgan, B
Year 2015
Journal name Studia Europaea
Volume number 60
Issue number 3
Start page 233
End page 244
Total pages 12
Publisher Universitatea "Babes-Bolyai" * Studia
Abstract Hiring local artists to collaborate on efforts intending to change values and alter behaviour is an approach used by aid organizations in international development. Soft-power campaigns targeting local attitudes are often seen by the development institution as positive collaborations between foreign humanitarians and local artists. "Song for Hawa," a 2013 collaboration between Liberian artist/rapper Takun J, and the international NGO PCI Media Impact, is a cultural diplomacy campaign intending to engage Liberians about the difficult topic of child rape. This paper discusses concerns with this instrumental approach to culture in development, and difficulties with the impact evaluation of using art to affect social change.
Subject International Relations
Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
International and Development Communication
Keyword(s) cultural diplomacy
humanitarian intervention
Liberia
child rape
entertainment-education
International development
communication and development
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