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The Age of Noise in BritainHearing Modernity$
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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

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Creating the Sonically Rational

Creating the Sonically Rational

Modern Interventions in Everyday Aurality

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(p.99) 3 Creating the Sonically Rational
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The Age of Noise in Britain
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James G. Mansell

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040672.003.0004

This chapter examines rationalizing attempts to intervene in the everyday sounds of early twentieth-century Britain, focussing on two spatial case studies – the industrial workplace and the home – where reformers targeted their attention in the inter-war period. It traces the influence of state-sponsored industrial psychologists who situated their dispassionate expertise about noise in opposition to the noise abatement movement led by the Anti-Noise League. The chapter also examines documentary filmmaking as a third practice where state-sponsored activity sought to shape everyday attitudes to sound. The chapter argues that these activities ultimately legitimated noise as a necessary feature of modern life.

Keywords:   noise, Industrial Psychology, neurosis, architectural acoustics, housing, mass-observation, documentary film, film sound, GPO Film Unit

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