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Audible InfrastructuresMusic, Sound, Media$
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Kyle Devine and Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780190932633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190932633.001.0001

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Activist Infrastructures and Sonic Citizenships in Athens

(p.158) 8 Sonopolis
Audible Infrastructures

Western Tom

Oxford University Press

Infrastructures connect activism, sound, and citizenship. This chapter listens to the ways that infrastructures are generative: how they emerge from, produce, and permit different forms of political subjectivity. In Athens, citizenship is claimed and contested at street level. The author tells three stories from Athens, understood as a sonopolis, a center of political action, where citizenships are performed and protested in sound. The first story picks up from this introduction, focusing on amplification, belonging, and asking who sings the city. The second story tells of solidarity networks, and the infrastructural interventions of a community wi-fi network providing internet access to refugee housing projects. The third story is a collection of small events, listening to the everyday sonic practices of people navigating borders in the city, and their uses of mobile phones as tools of broadcast and transmission. The characters in these stories are various and multifarious: activists and hacktivists from various places, the state and municipality, the UN’s refugee agency, grassroots solidarity organizations, service providers, power supplies and the struggles over them, as well as the tools and technologies that are used to sound out claims of social citizenship. Combined, the stories show how infrastructures and citizenships are never fixed or finished. They are instead projects of competing imaginaries. In the sonopolis, migrant activisms disarticulate borders between citizens and noncitizens. In the sonopolis, infrastructures and belongings are bound together, made audible, contested and rerouted, produced and productive, emergent, iterative, adaptive, activist, creative, and fragile.

Keywords:   Athens, sonopolis, citizenship, activism, power supply, migration, wireless network, urban infrastructure

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