“The sound of society”: A method for investigating sound perception in Cairo

Abstract : Having agreed and shown the importance of the acoustic dimension of everyday urban life in Cairo (Egypt) and proved the inclusion of these ambiances in social life as social productions, it was appropriate to carry on with ethnography. To do this, the first difficulty encountered is a low-verbalization by Cairo people of this sensory dimension. The authors have therefore developed an original methodology by testing an experimental procedure, “Mics in the Ears”, opening access to the “natural language on the sounds.” This ethnography of acoustic environments of the Egyptian metropolis highlights two trends we summarize as follows: socialization of sound and a “soundization” of the social. Remain to fully develop what is already hinted at in the sound descriptions of the city by its inhabitants: an acoustic ecology of the city of Cairo.
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Vincent Battesti, Nicolas Puig. “The sound of society”: A method for investigating sound perception in Cairo. Senses and Society, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2016, Contemporary French Sensory Ethnography, 11 (3), pp.298-319. ⟨10.1080/17458927.2016.1195112⟩. ⟨hal-01380972⟩

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