Sounding Places
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Sounding Places

More-Than-Representational Geographies of Sound and Music

Edited by Karolina Doughty, Michelle Duffy and Theresa Harada

This edited collection examines the more-than-representational registers of sound. It asks how sound comes to be a meaningful ingredient in the microgeographies of place-making through the workings of affect, emotion, and atmosphere, how sound contributes to shaping a variety of embodied and spatially situated experiences, and how such aspects can be harnessed methodologically. These topics contribute to broader debates on the relations between representation and the non- or more-than-representational that are taking place across the social sciences and humanities in the wake of the cultural turn. More specifically, the book contributes to the fertile theoretical intersections of sound, affect, emotion, and atmosphere.
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Chapter 16: The echo of communal space: more-than-representational tourist encounters in hostel accommodation

Kaya Barry


Listening involves an embodied sensitivity to the environment we are with/in. We might not register it as sound, but rather as movement, as vibration, or an echo of the relations that draw us into the collective atmosphere of a space. An ‘echo’ is a way of tracing relationships and listening to the sensations that are at the margins of our attention, and are indicative of how spaces can be considered as ‘communal’ and co-produced. This chapter explores ‘echoing’ as a more-than-representational process that traces human–material encounters in communal tourist spaces. I draw on ethnographic reflections and documentation of interactions in hostel dormitory accommodation, where numerous people share sleeping and living space. I explore how attention to sound connects movements across multi-scalar and human–nonhuman modes of action. Such instances have the capacity to redraw our understandings of how social and material relations are produced, and the role that sound plays in our everyday practices and experiences.

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