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Sound-Politics in São Paulo

Leonardo Cardoso


This book is an ethnographic study of controversial sounds and noise control debates in Latin America’s most populous city. It discusses the politics of collective living by following several threads linking sound-making practices to governance issues. Rather than discussing sound within a self-enclosed “cultural” field, I examine it as a point of entry for analyzing the state. At the same time, rather than portraying the state as a self-enclosed “apparatus” with seemingly inexhaustible homogeneous power, I describe it as a collection of unstable (and often contradictory) sectors, personnel, s ... More

Keywords: citizenship, Brazil, sound studies, São Paulo, law, urbanism, Latin America, actor-network theory, ethnography

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190660093
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190660093.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leonardo Cardoso, author
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University

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