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Auditory Culture Reader

ISBN-10: 1859736181
ISBN-13: 9781859736180
Edition: 2003
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Description: Sight and sound are equally crucial to our understanding of the world, yet the visual has dominated discussions of cultural experience. The very way we relate to, and think about, our everyday world has been influenced by this emphasis on sight over  More...

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Book details

List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 4/5/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Sight and sound are equally crucial to our understanding of the world, yet the visual has dominated discussions of cultural experience. The very way we relate to, and think about, our everyday world has been influenced by this emphasis on sight over sound. Providing a definitive overview of an emerging field, this pioneering reader is the first to redress a glaring imbalance by investigating how auditory culture subtly and profoundly impacts on our everyday lives. From the evocative tolling of village bells to the grating rattle of exhaust pipes, what we hear influences how we feel and what we do. As technology advances, the world has become an increasingly noisy, confusing and disturbing place. The recent addition of mobile phones alone has irrevocably changed our auditory experiences. In order to retreat from jarring sounds, we seek new sounds – sounds that calm, block, soothe. Beginning with the role of sound in historical and social thought, The Auditory Culture Reader moves on to consider city noise, music, voices, and new technologies and medias of sound. It explores, for example, the sectarian sounds of North Belfast, sounds of the powwow amongst Native Americans, football chants, recorded sermons, and the power and influence of the DJ’s voice. Filling a significant gap, this groundbreaking and multidisciplinary reader combines classic texts, interviews and original contributions by leading social and cultural theorists. It represents a landmark statement on a surprisingly overlooked aspect of our everyday experience.

Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Into Sound
Thinking about Sound
Open Ears
Hearing Loss
Auditory Imagination
The Help of Your Good Hands: Reports on Clapping
The Sound of Music
Songtime: Sound Culture, Rhythm and Sociality
Histories of Sound
The Auditory Markers of the Village
Tuning into London c.1600
Listening to the Heard Worlds of Antebellum America
The Diabolical Symphony of the Mechanical Age: Technology and Symbolism of Sound in European and North American Noise Abatement Campaigns, 1900-40
Medicine's Acoustic Culture: Mediate Auscultation, the Stethoscope and the 'Autopsy of the Living'
Anthropologies of Sound
A Rainforest Acoustemology
Performing Patriotism in Native North America: Ojibwa Powwow-sounds and the Paradoxes of Identity
Sectarian Sound and Cultural Identity in Northern Ireland
Nostalgia and Radio Sound
Sounds in the City
Aural Postcards: Sound, Memory and the City
Sounds in the Crowd
The Sonic Composition of the City
How Many Movements?
Soundscapes of the Car: A Critical Study of Automobile Habitation
Living and Thinking with Music
Between the Blues and the Blues Dance: Some Soundscapes of the Black Atlantic
Diasporic Sounds: Dis/Located Sounds
The Sounds of Alterity
Calypso Kings
Bessie Smith: 'Thinking Blues'
'Chatting' for Change!: Interview with William (Lez) Henry
Sonic Dominance and the Reggae Sound System Session
Resistance
Afterword
The Indefensible Ear: A History
Index

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