Soundscapes and ethnographies of silence: An introduction

  • Franco Lai Università di Sassari, Italy


In this article I propose a reading of soundscape studies along three dimensions: the relevance of the soundscape in the historical context, the transformations of soundscapes in the twentieth century, the soundscape of sub-professional musical cultures. Beginning from R.M. Schafer’s (1977) and S. Feld’s (2009) researches, I show that studies concerning soundscapes have revealed institutional and political relevance of sound. In addition, I show how soundscape has changed in relation to broader social, economic and technological developments during the twentieth century. At last, I show how the city represents a favourable environment for production and circulation of new cultural forms, that become emblematic of cities sound.

How to Cite
Lai, F. (2017) “Soundscapes and ethnographies of silence: An introduction”, Anuac, 6(2), pp. 197-218. doi: 10.7340/anuac2239-625X-3152.
Thematic section: Soundscapes and ethnography of silence