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Acoustic JurisprudenceListening to the Trial of Simon Bikindi$
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James E K Parker

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198735809

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735809.001.0001

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Listening to Law

Listening to Law

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(p.15) 1 Listening to Law
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Acoustic Jurisprudence
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James E K Parker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198735809.003.0002

This chapter establishes the need for an acoustic jurisprudence. It begins with a brief history of the law–sound relation before addressing the fact that, even though certain strands of contemporary legal scholarship have devoted considerable attention to questions of language, architecture, image, screen, and materiality, no sustained engagement yet exists in relation to sound. The chapter then situates the book relative to the newly emergent field of sound studies and introduces the terms ‘sonic imagination’ and ‘judicial soundscape’ which provide the book with its organizing structure and rhythm. The chapter ends by defining ‘acoustic jurisprudence’ and positioning the book in relation to the traditions of jurisprudence and critique.

Keywords:   jurisprudence, sound studies, critique, sociolegal studies, rhetoric, sound, acoustics, music

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