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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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(p.182) Conclusion
The Age of Noise in Britain

James G. Mansell

University of Illinois Press

The conclusion to the book argues that sound is an affective resource for the exercise of power. Investing sound with meaning and attuning listeners to these meanings was part of the contested shaping of social life in early twentieth-century Britain. Sound became an important means to make sense of modernity and its progress. However, because competing experts had different interpretations of what modernity should sound like, they advanced different and sometimes competing “ways of hearing” noise.

Keywords:   Sound Studies, ways of hearing, power, ideology

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