Steven Feld: Sound and Sentiment: Birds, Weeping, Poetics, and Song in Kaluli Expression, Book

Steven Feld: Sound and Sentiment: Birds, Weeping, Poetics, and Song in Kaluli Expression, Book

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3rd and 30th anniversary edition published by Duke University Press, September 2012

From the Duke University Press Website:

This thirtieth anniversary edition of Sound and Sentiment makes Steven Feld's landmark, field-defining book available to a new generation of scholars and students. A sensory ethnography set in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, among the Kaluli people of Bosavi, Sound and Sentiment introduced the anthropology of sound, or the cultural study of sound. After it was first published in 1982, a second edition, incorporating additional field research and a new postscript, was released in 1990. The third edition includes all of the material from the first two editions, along with a substantial new introduction in which Feld discusses Bosavi's recent history and reflects on the challenges it poses for contemporary theory and representation.

"Sound and Sentiment is one of the greatest ethnographies ever written. Few books create new fields of inquiry; this work inaugurated the anthropology of the senses and played a crucial role in creating the anthropology of affect."—Charles L. Briggs, author of Stories in the Time of Cholera: Racial Profiling during a Medical Nightmare

"One of the first books to successfully integrate ethnographic, musical, and linguistic analysis, Sound and Sentiment remains a model for such integration. In addition, it undergirds acoustemology, or the anthropology of sound, a scholarly tack that is accelerating, with no ritardando in sight in sight."—Bonnie C. Wade, author of Thinking Musically: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

"Written on the cusp of a shift in anthropology away from the influences of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Clifford Geertz, and Victor Turner, Sound and Sentiment does double duty in the classroom: it represents crucial changes in the discipline of the early 1980s, while continuing to animate debates about sound, listening, and aesthetics across cultural and linguistic anthropology, ethnomusicology, performance studies, media studies, history, and folklore."—Louise Meintjes, author of Sound of Africa! Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio

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