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Nostalgia and radio sound

Tacchi, Jo A. (2003) Nostalgia and radio sound. In Bull, Michael & Back, Les (Eds.) The auditory culture reader. Berg, United Kingdom, Oxford, pp. 281-295.

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Abstract

This chapter is an investigation of the notion of nostalgia and a particular type of radio consumption. The ideas contained herein were generated from a study of the domestic consumption of radio sound in Bristol. Many themes emerged from that research. It showed that radio sound is integrated into daily life in an intimate way and can be understood as forming an important part of domestic environments, or soundscapes, that hold meaning and significance that reaches beyond the immediate context and physical confines of the home. Sound can create a texture within which one can move around and live. Radio sound can be seen to mediate between individuals in the home and the wider world (Tacchi 1998). On a sensory level, radio sound is particularly open to sensory creativity – a quality that itself makes the experience, activity, and meaning of listening to the radio difficult to describe in words. Households and domestic relationships are embedded in a larger social and meaningful world. Through examining the use of radio sound in the home we can see how meanings and relationships are negotiated and made, both within the household and beyond.

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ID Code: 4497
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details :j.tacchi@qut.edu.au
Keywords: sound, nostaligia, radio, media ethnography
ISBN: 1859736181
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > ANTHROPOLOGY (160100) > Social and Cultural Anthropology (160104)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Berg
Deposited On: 20 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:03

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