Sound, Space and Sociality in Modern Japan

1st Edition

Joseph D. Hankins, Carolyn S. Stevens

Routledge
Published January 21, 2016
Reference - 160 Pages - 10 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138652132 - CAT# Y228824
Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

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Summary

This book argues that sound – as it is created, transmitted, and perceived – plays a key role in the constitution of space and community in contemporary Japan. The book examines how sonic practices reflect politics, aesthetics, and ethics, with transformative effects on human relations. From right-wing sound trucks to left-wing protests, from early 20th century jazz cafes to contemporary avant-garde art forms, from the sounds of U.S. military presence to exuberant performances organized in opposition, the book, rich in ethnographic detail, contributes to sensory anthropology and the anthropology of contemporary Japan.

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