Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Age of Noise in BritainHearing Modernity$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

James G. Mansell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040672

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040672.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Illinois University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ISO for personal use.date: 21 September 2021

Modernity as Crisis

Modernity as Crisis

Noise and “Nerves”

(p.25) 1 Modernity as Crisis
The Age of Noise in Britain

James G. Mansell

University of Illinois Press

This chapter introduces the main organization that promoted noise abatement in early twentieth-century Britain, the Anti-Noise League led by Thomas Horder, as well as the rise of self-help advice for those suffering from noise sensitivity. Because the League and its supporters mounted a medical critique of noise, the chapter situates noise abatement in its medical historical context, arguing that anti-noise advocates drew on the diagnostic paradigm of neurasthenia. They did so even though this category was increasingly outdated in medical terms following the rise of the new psychology. The use of neurasthenia limited the scientific credibility of noise abatement, but gave it powerful cultural purchase thanks to popular ideas about “nerves.”

Keywords:   nerves, nervousness, neurasthenia, noise abatement, psychology, self-help, city, First World War, Anti-Noise League, Thomas Horder

Illinois Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.