Sonic agency : sound and emergent forms of resistance / Brandon LaBelle.

by LaBelle, Brandon [author.]Looking glass.

Series: Goldsmiths Press sonics series: Publisher: London, England : Goldsmiths Press, 2018.Description: x, 179 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781906897512.Subject(s): Resistance (Philosophy)Looking glass | Social movementsLooking glass | Sound -- Political aspectsLooking glass | Sound -- Social aspectsLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A timely exploration of whether sound and listening can be the basis of political change.

In a world dominated by the visual, could contemporary resistances be auditory? This timely and important book from Goldsmiths Press highlights sound's invisible, disruptive, and affective qualities and asks whether the unseen nature of sound can support a political transformation. In Sonic Agency, Brandon LaBelle sets out to engage contemporary social and political crises by way of sonic thought and imagination. He divides sound's functions into four figures of resistance--the invisible, the overheard, the itinerant, and the weak--and argues for their role in creating alternative "unlikely publics" in which to foster mutuality and dissent. He highlights existing sonic cultures and social initiatives that utilize or deploy sound and listening to address conflict, and points to their work as models for a wider movement. He considers issues of disappearance and hidden culture, nonviolence and noise, creole poetics, and networked life, aiming to unsettle traditional notions of the "space of appearance" as the condition for political action and survival.

By examining the experience of listening and being heard, LaBelle illuminates a path from the fringes toward hope, citizenship, and vibrancy. In a current climate that has left many feeling they have lost their voices, it may be sound itself that restores it to them.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. ix)
  • 1 Unlikely Publics: On the Edge of Appearance (p. 1)
  • 2 The Invisible (p. 29)
  • 3 The Overheard (p. 60)
  • 4 The Itinerant (p. 91)
  • 5 The Weak (p. 124)
  • 6 Poor Acoustics: Listening from Below (p. 154)
  • Bibliography (p. 164)
  • Index (p. 172)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Brandon LaBelle is Professor in New Media in the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design at the University of Bergen. He is the author of Lexicon of the Mouth: Poetics and Politics of Voice and the Oral Imaginary , Diary of an Imaginary Egyptian , Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life , and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art.

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