Journal of Urban Culture Research


Charlie Irvine

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Conflict resolution scholars are increasingly revising an earlier skepticism about the place of emotions in mediation. This view portrayed the mediator's role as focusing on the rational and verbal. A more holistic approach recognizes the sig-nificance of emotions in forming judgments and their positive contribution to the resolution of conflict. This article considers the potential of mobile music in accessing the emotional realm. Millions of consumers of music can no longer be regarded as passive recipients, as mobile music devices enable them to take control of their listening and create the soundtrack to all aspects of their lives. The article suggests possible ways to harness this phenomenon to develop emotional literacy, critical to conflict resolution and described by Goleman as "the master aptitude."1



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