Arab sounds in a contested space: life quality, cultural hierarchies and national silencing

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Abstract

Sounds and sonic norms and regimes characterize both spaces/territories and individual bodies. This article explores the meanings of and reactions to Arab sounds in Israel – political struggles over muezzins, stereotypical representations of Israeli Palestinians as loud, and so on – in order to offer general insights into the role of the sonic (both actual sounds and their discursive representations) in the new ‘cultural’ racism, in the everyday ethnicized experience of one’s body, and in shaping relations between ethnic and national groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2034-2054
Number of pages21
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Volume37
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Cultural racism
  • Habitus
  • Israel
  • Mosques
  • National space
  • Sound

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