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Toward an Anthropology of Ambient Sound

1st Edition

Edited by Christine Guillebaud


240 pages

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This volume approaches the issue of ambient sound through the ethnographic exploration of different cultural contexts including Italy, India, Egypt, France, Ethiopia, Scotland, Spain, Portugal, and Japan. It examines social, religious, and aesthetic conceptions of sound environments, what types of action or agency are attributed to them, and what bodies of knowledge exist concerning them. Contributors shed new light on these sensory environments by focusing not only on their form and internal dynamics, but also on their wider social and cultural environment. The multimedia documents of this volume may be consulted at the address:

Table of Contents

Introduction: Multiple Listenings Christine Guillebaud

Part I: Listening into Others

1. Noising the City Olivier Féraud

2. Sounds of Hell and Sounds of Eden Anne Damon-Guillot

3. An “Obscene” Calling Tripta Chandola

Part II: Sound Displays and Social Effects

4. Standing out from the Crowd Christine Guillebaud

5. Melodic Refrains in Japanese Train Stations Pierre Manea

Part III: Sound Identity and Locality

6. Acoustic Communities Represented Heikki Uimonen

7.Mics in the Ears Vincent Battesti

8.Mapping out the Sounds of Urban Transformation Iñigo Sánchez

9. Listening to the City Claire Guiu

Part IV: Sound Arts and Anthropology

10. Not Just Tones, Noises Too! Jean-Charles Depaule

11. Tribute To a Footbridge Vincent Rioux

Afterword: The Sonic Attunement of Social Life Jean-Paul Thibaud

About the Editor

Christine Guillebaud is a senior researcher at the French National Centre for Scientifi c Research (CNRS), and member of the Centre for Ethnology and Comparative Sociology (CREM-LESC), based at the University of Paris Nanterre, France.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies