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How is space made in sound? Spatial mediation, critical phenomenology and the political agency of sound

Revill, George (2016). How is space made in sound? Spatial mediation, critical phenomenology and the political agency of sound. Progress in Human Geography, 40(2) pp. 240–256.

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This paper examines some of the processes and practices that make sonic spatiality distinctive and sets out theoretical and conceptual resources that might better enable us to understand these processes. It draws on the notion of political agency in order to animate the processual making of sonic space as socio-material relationality. Developing an approach to sonic mediation compatible with a critical phenomenology of the auditory, the paper sets out four interrelated sets of sonic effects central to the making of sonic spaces. It shows how these address a politics of difference which engages affective and representational political processes.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Author
ISSN: 1477-0288
Extra Information: 17 pp.
Keywords: critical phenomenology; mediation; political agency; sonic geographies; sonic space
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 42221
Depositing User: George Revill
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2015 09:14
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2017 20:05
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