Discourse evolution. (c2015)

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dc.contributor.author Karam, Maryse
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-30T08:32:55Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-30T08:32:55Z
dc.date.copyright 2015 en_US
dc.date.issued 2015-09-30
dc.date.submitted 2015-02-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/2213
dc.description.abstract Songs communicate. Whether used in a story telling setting or as part of an artistic exhibition, songs describe cultural patterns and speak of yearnings and realities, both bitter and sweet. This study uses songs as an interdisciplinary research tool within a sociolinguistics framework. It aims to understand the impact of social and cultural changes on the Lebanese population’s civic engagement attitudes. Three research questions were brought forth: How are war effects depicted in Lebanese songs? Has the Lebanese population’s perception of war evolved in the last fifty years? How is this perception seen from a civic engagement perspective? A list of Lebanese-dialect songs dealing with war and war effects was collected. Three instruments were used. First, inductive content analysis of song lyrics provided thematic categories whose evolution was studied by decades, starting with the 1960’s. Second, an online survey was conducted; it involved 60 adult Lebanese citizens whose responses included war song memory links, national attachment stances and musical preferences. Third, one on one interviews were conducted with four out of the 16 musicians whose songs were included in the song list. It was found that songs echo suffering and frustration as they are frequently linked to memories, both happy and hurtful; they enflame feelings of national identification; they are also powerful tools for change through giving hope, calling for initiatives and even suggesting practical solutions to overcoming war effects and preventing further conflict. A radical shift in attitude from a nationalistic attachment in the 1960’s to a sarcastic expression of helplessness took place, though it is not the general case. While some discontent with the status quo caused by a discrepancy between civic expectations and the reality remains to be the main attitude, most contemporary songs end with hope. The study has three direct implications. First, songs can be valuable social science research tools. Second, though singing about one’s country generally nurtures a positive sense of belonging, it is not enough; it is important for teachers to educate for civic engagement, democracy and citizenship, and for schools to consider this a top priority soft skill. Third, songs are closely linked to hope; they thus reveal opportunities for education initiatives on teaching how to deal with grief. This is especially useful in geographical contexts where growing conflicts breed a growing need for civic peace initiatives. The adopted interdisciplinary approach also opens up new research perspectives and provides valuable ground for future applications in the world of education, be it civic, linguistic or musical. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Communication in music en_US
dc.subject Songs, Arabic -- Lebanon en_US
dc.subject Music -- Social aspects -- Lebanon en_US
dc.subject Music and war en_US
dc.subject Music, Influence of en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Discourse evolution. (c2015) en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.title.subtitle analysis of Lebanese songs depicting war effects en_US
dc.term.submitted Fall en_US
dc.author.degree MA in Education en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201104994 en_US
dc.author.commembers Nabhani, Mona
dc.author.commembers Assaf, Nadra
dc.author.woa OA en_US
dc.author.department Education en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 hard copy: xii, 157 leaves; ill. (some col.); 30 cm. available at RNL. en_US
dc.author.advisor Bahous, Rima
dc.keywords Songs en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.keywords Lebanese Songs en_US
dc.keywords Civic Attitude en_US
dc.keywords Interdisciplinary en_US
dc.keywords Inductive Content Analysis en_US
dc.keywords War Effects en_US
dc.keywords War en_US
dc.keywords Civic Engagement en_US
dc.keywords Democracy en_US
dc.keywords Citizenship en_US
dc.description.bibliographiccitations Includes bibliographical references (leaves 74-78). en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2015.19 en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US

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