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The Revolution Will Not Be TelevisedProtest Music After Fukushima$
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Noriko Manabe

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199334681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334681.001.0001

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Urban Geography, Music, and Protest

Urban Geography, Music, and Protest

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(p.234) Chapter 5.4 Urban Geography, Music, and Protest
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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
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Noriko Manabe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199334681.003.0008

This chapter considers the ways in which the urban landscape impacts performance in street demonstrations. As Parkinson (2012) and Sand (2013) have noted, Tokyo is short on open public space, forcing protest organizers to choose between direct claims making in government districts and public visibility in shopping districts. The chapter explains how elements of the urban landscape, as categorized by Kevin Lynch (1960) and Quentin Stevens (2007)—districts, paths, nodes, boundaries, and landmarks—enter into the planning of protests and affect the performance of protests. It discusses the factors affecting the urban soundscape, as inferred by the acoustic experiments of Kang (2000, 2001, 2006) and others. It considers how the urban landscape and soundscape, as determined by these elements, affect the performance and reception of antinuclear demonstrations, by walking through two demonstrations in Shibuya—TwitNoNukes, with drums only, and No Nukes More Hearts, with sound trucks.

Keywords:   antinuclear movement, sound demonstration, street demonstration, Fukushima nuclear disaster, sound trucks, drum corps, TwitNoNukes, urban acoustics, music and urban space, urban geography

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