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Audible States: Socialist Politics and Popular Music in Albania

Nicholas Tochka


Audible States examines how elites have governed politically and aesthetically meaningful spaces of silence and sound in Albania since 1945. Interweaving archival research with ethnographic interviews, author Nicholas Tochka argues that modern political orders do not simply render social life visible, but also audible. And in rendering social life audible, states make reality governable in significant, albeit unpredictable, ways. The book’s chronological narrative presents an aural history of government through the close examination of a state-subsidized popular genre, light music, as broadcas ... More

Keywords: Albania, Cold War, popular music, estrada, postsocialism, socialism, communism, governmentality, sound studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190467814
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190467814.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Tochka, author