The regime of modernity, and postmodernity as well, privileges the visual in the hierarchy of the senses. Sound and soundscapes are often neglected aspects of the social contexts studied by social scientists. Most of the scholarship on sound in religious contexts focuses on music. Sound studies is a multidisciplinary field, with contributors from sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, art, architecture, and a host of postwar hyphenated studies. All share an interest in interrogating past and present soundscapes as a constituent of the social world. A foundational figure in sound studies, R. Murray Schafer, defines the description and analysis of a given soundscape as analogous to the study of any given landscape. In this sense, sound studies positions the study of aural cultures as an ontology of ...

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