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Isles of Noise: Sonic Media in the Caribbean (Hardback)
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Isles of Noise: Sonic Media in the Caribbean (Hardback)

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Hardback 236 Pages / Published: 30/08/2016
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In this media history of the Caribbean, Alejandra Bronfman traces howtechnology, culture, and politics developed in a region that was "wired" earlierand more widely than many other parts of the Americas. Haiti, Cuba,and Jamaica acquired radio and broadcasting in the early stages of theglobal expansion of telecommunications technologies. Imperial historieshelped forge these material connections through which the United States,Great Britain, and the islands created a virtual laboratory for experiments inaudiopolitics and listening practices.

As radio became an established medium worldwide, it burgeoned in theCaribbean because the region was a hub for intense foreign and domesticcommercial and military activities. Attending to everyday life, infrastructure,and sounded histories during the waxing of an American empire andthe waning of British influence in the Caribbean, Bronfman does not allowthe notion of empire to stand solely for domination. By the time of the ColdWar, broadcasting had become a ubiquitous phenomenon that renderedsound and voice central to political mobilisation in the Caribbean nationsthrowing off what remained of their imperial tethers.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469630335
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


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A thoroughly researched, highly original, and important contribution to Caribbean studies, American studies, and sound studies.--New West Indian Guide

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