Learning for Democracy

The Transformative Power of Music

  • Stuart Moir Lecturer, Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh


The sustainability of any democratic polity relies on the active participation of its citizens in civic and political affairs. Therefore, if we value democracy, it is important to be clear about how people become active participants so it can be sustained and developed. There are a range of conceptual ideas that social scientists use to explain how people develop an interest in politics and become political actors. In this article I will draw on my doctoral thesis to explore one of these ideas, the concept of political socialisation, and to highlight the key role that music played in helping some young people become politically active and critically conscious citizens. I will conclude by arguing that educators should recognise and harness the transformative power of music to help people learn about democracy and their role in it.

How to Cite
Moir, S. (2023) “Learning for Democracy”, Concept, 14(3), pp. 1 - 10. Available at: http://concept.lib.ed.ac.uk/article/view/9302 (Accessed: 19April2024).