Framing through the senses

de la Fuente, Eduardo, and Walsh, Michael J. (2011) Framing through the senses. In: Local Lives/Global Networks: The Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association, p. 184. From: Local Lives/Global Networks: The Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association, 28 November-1 December 2011, University of Newcastle.

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Abstract

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 turn-of-the-last century social theorist, Georg Simmel, pioneered the field of frame theory via his essays 'The Picture Frame' and the '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: 40523
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: senses; everyday life; aesthetics; everyday aesthetics; simmel
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2016 00:17
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200203 Consumption and Everyday Life @ 25%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory @ 25%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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