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From the Publisher
In focusing on the practices, politics and ethics of listening,
this wide-ranging book offers an important new perspective on
questions of media audiences, publics and citizenship. Listening is
central to modern communication, politics and experience, but is
commonly overlooked and underestimated in a culture fascinated by
the spectacle and the politics of voice.
Listening Publics restores listening to media history and
to theories of the public sphere. In so doing it opens up profound
questions for our understanding of mediated experience, public
participation and civic engagement.
Taking a cross-national and interdisciplinary approach, the book
explores how listening publics have been constituted in relation to
successive media technologies from the invention of writing to the
digital age. It asks how new practices of listening associated with
sound and audiovisual media transform a public world forged in the
age of print.
Through detailed histories and sophisticated theoretical analysis,
Listening Publics demonstrates the embodied and critical
activity of listening to be a rich concept with which to rethink
the practices, politics and ethics of media communication.