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Sound and SafeA History of Listening Behind the Wheel$
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Karin Bijsterveld, Eefje Cleophas, Stefan Krebs, and Gijs Mom

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199925698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925698.001.0001

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Driving in Control

Driving in Control

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Driving in Control
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Sound and Safe
Author(s):

Karin Bijsterveld

Eefje Cleophas

Stefan Krebs

Gijs Mom

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925698.003.0001

This chapter sets the stage by claiming that the relative silence in our noise-controlled cars secludes us from the world, while the sound of car radio, warning signals and other audio information connects us to it. Many of us thoroughly love the auditory privacy that comes with it: the ability to control the sounds that enter our auditory domain. This enables us to dwell in acoustic cocooning and find sonic relief in the car, to enjoy moments in which we can relax with help of sound and music in between home and work. Yet how did we, as a society, manage to turn the car, once a highly noisy vehicle, into a listening booth? After introducingthis question, Chapter One explains how the bookdraws on Sound Studies, Sensory Studies, Mobility Culture, and History of Technology to answer it, and how the study is structured.

Keywords:   Introduction, Auditory Privacy, Acoustic Cocooning, Sonic Relief, Sound Studies, Sensory Studies, Mobility Culture, History of Technology

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