Listening, resistance and mobile phone playlists: musical listening practices of Syrian women living as refugees in Northern Jordan

Listening, resistance and mobile phone playlists: musical listening practices of Syrian women living as refugees in Northern Jordan

Author: 
Boswall, Karen
Place: 
Oxon
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis Group
Date published: 
2017
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Responsibility: 
Al Akash, Ruba, jt. author
Journal Title: 
Social Dynamics
Source: 
Social Dynamics, Vol. 43, No. 2, July 2017, pp. 167-183
Abstract: 

In 2011, when the Syrians poured into the streets in nation-wide protest against the regime of Bashar Al-Assad, they did so in song. Public places became filled with the voices of men, women and children who gained courage and determination through an increasing repertoire of songs shared through social media and learned in the homes and on the streets. Later as the violence intensified in the street, the women returned to their homes, their songs playing now from behind closed doors. When their homes, were destroyed, many took their children and walked to the safety of neighbouring Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, songs saved on SIM cards tucked into their bras. This paper looks at those living in the border towns of Northern Jordan and at the role the revolutionary songs play in their lives. Through analysis of the songs on the mobile phones of 45 women and interviews with them and their families on the role these have in their day-to-day life, British ethnomusicologist Karen Boswall and Jordanian social anthropologist Dr Ruba Al Akash ask how the songs are contributing to the women's sense of self and their connection with the country they left behind.

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CITATION: Boswall, Karen. Listening, resistance and mobile phone playlists: musical listening practices of Syrian women living as refugees in Northern Jordan . Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group , 2017. Social Dynamics, Vol. 43, No. 2, July 2017, pp. 167-183 - Available at: http://library.au.int/listening-resistance-and-mobile-phone-playlists-musical-listening-practices-syrian-women-living