Framing through the senses: sight and sound in the shaping of everyday life

de la Fuente, Eduardo, and Walsh, Michael (2013) Framing through the senses: sight and sound in the shaping of everyday life. In: Kristensen, Tore, Michelsen, Anders, and Wiegand, Frauke, (eds.) Boundaries and Creative Openings. Transvisuality: The Cultural Dimension of Visuality, 1 . Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, UK, pp. 207-222.

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We argue that sight and sound help to frame how we perceive the world and that focusing on sound is particularly central to any study of the messiness and noisiness of everyday life. Our notion of 'framing' is derived from authors such as Alfred Schutz, Gregory Bateson and Erving Goffman, although we argue that the social theorist Georg Simmel pioneered the field of frame theory via his essays 'The Picture Frame' and 'Sociology of the Senses'. We show that one of the issues at stake in a comparison of sight and sound is the degree of egoism and sociality associated with each sense as well as whether we are able to close ourselves off from the surrounding world. This in turn means that sight and sound play differential roles in the shaping of public and private life, although the extent to which social worlds consist of neat boundaries is also evaluated.

Item ID: 40373
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-84631-891-7
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2017 23:15
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200203 Consumption and Everyday Life @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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