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Sounding Out the City: Personal Stereos and the Management of Everyday Life

Sounding Out the City: Personal Stereos and the Management of Everyday Life
Publisher: Berg Publishers | pages: 216 | 2000 | ISBN: 1859733379 | PDF | 11,4 mb
This book opens up a new area of urban studies, the auditory experience of self and place. In doing so, it enhances our understanding of the role of media and technology in everyday life. Urban, cultural and anthropological studies have been dominated by explanations of experiences drawing upon notions of visuality. But culture always has an auditory component that shapes attitudes and behaviour – perhaps nowhere more so than in the city where sound is intensified. This book challenges strictly visual approaches to culture by proposing an auditory understanding of behaviour through an ethnographic analysis of personal stereo use. The author reformulates our understanding of how people, through the senses, negotiate central experiences of the urban, such as space, place, time and the management of everyday experience, and examines the critical role technology plays.

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