Noise Pollution and Ethnography: A proposal for inventive methods

Yildirim, Aysegul. 2019. 'Noise Pollution and Ethnography: A proposal for inventive methods'. In: Recrafting Ethnography: Crime, Harm and Control in the 21st Century. The Pearce Institute, Glasgow, United Kingdom 13-14 June 2019. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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In this presentation, I discussed the possible methods that can be used in an ethnographic study on noise pollution under contemporary social order of big cities. Ethnographic studies on invisible crimes and social harms have so far focused mostly on the visual. In order to overcome this ocularcentrism, underlining the seriousness of noise as a pollutant in everyday life is rather relevant and a strong departure point. This can take us to consider the ontological vitality of sound on one hand, and the extent of hyper-stimulation of the senses in the chaotic city, leaving bodies out of tune, on the other. Inspired by a set of ‘sound effects’ defined by Augoyard and Torgue in order to grasp the sonic experience, suggested that interdisciplinary methods (including but not limited to field recordings, sonic elicitation, soundwalking) tailored to the contemporary conceptualisation of noise capture well the different dimensions of the problem: from criminological to affective and aesthetic.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

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Supported by the Graduate School Fund, Goldsmiths, University of London


noise pollution, ethnography, cities

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13 June 2019Accepted

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The Pearce Institute, Glasgow, United Kingdom

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13-14 June 2019

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19 Jun 2019 10:45

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19 Jun 2019 10:45


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