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Mechanical SoundTechnology, Culture, and Public Problems of Noise in theTwentieth Century$
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Karin Bijsterveld

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026390

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026390.001.0001

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Mechanical Sound

Karin Bijsterveld

The MIT Press

This chapter elaborates on how anti-noise leagues in Britain and other regions of Western Europe exaggerated the issue of noise through conventions and group interactions to create awareness about the issue. It examines available literature on the socio-cultural history and sociological characteristic of sound to explain the most dominant cultural significance of noise and silence before the industrial revolution in the early twentieth century. The chapter also presents an overview of technology-related noise derived from typical quotations of some Western novels published before or during the formation of the noise abatement societies.

Keywords:   anti-noise leagues, conventions, cultural significance, industrial revolution, noise abatement

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