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- DescriptionThis is t a book about sound. It is a study of sounds that aims to write the resonance and response they call for. John Mowitt seeks to critique existing models in the expanding field of sound studies and draw attention to sound as an object of study that solicits a humanistic approach encompassing many types of sounds, t just readily classified examples such as speech, music, industrial sounds, or codified signals. Mowitt is particularly interested in the fact that beyond hearing and listening we audit sounds and do so by drawing on paradigms of thought t easily accommodated within the concept of sound studies. To draw attention to the ways in which sounds often are t perceived for the social and political functions they serve, each chapter presents a culturally resonant sound - including a whistle, an echo, a gasp, and silence - to show how sounds enable critical social and political concepts such as dialogue, privacy, memory, social order, and art-making. Sounds: The Ambient Humanities significantly engages, provokes, and contributes to the dynamic field and inquiry of sound studies.
- Author BiographyJohn Mowitt holds the Leadership Chair in the Critical Humanities at the University of Leeds. He is the author of several books, including Radio: Essays in Bad Reception, Percussion: Drumming, Beating, Striking, and Re-takes: Postcoloniality and Foreign Film Languages.
- Author(s)John Mowitt
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication17/07/2015
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Weight272 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine10 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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