Soundscape of domicile as experienced by residents of Wroclaw Cover Image

Pejzaż dźwiękowy miejsca zamieszkania w doświadczeniu wrocławian
Soundscape of domicile as experienced by residents of Wroclaw

Author(s): Robert Losiak, Renata Tańczuk
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Music, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Rural and urban sociology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: audiosphere; soundscape; identification with place; place of residence; residing; experiencing the city

Summary/Abstract: This article is concerned with the importance for urban studies of the role of the sonic environment in making the dwelling space familiar, developing a sense of belonging and building a community. We analyze three selected interviews with Wroclaw residents conducted within a project on the audiosphere and the soundscape of Wroclaw. The analysis attempts at determining what sounds our respondents described as specific for their place of residence, and what emotions, meanings and values were connected with this soundscape. Our study reveals an active role played by acoustic phenomena in the process of domesticating. R.M. Schafer’s conception of soundscape and B. Latour’s actor-network theory are the theoretical background for our analysis.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 15
  • Page Range: 191-203
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Polish