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Listening to War: Sound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq

J. Martin Daughtry


This book studies the centrality of listening to the experience of modern warfare. Based on years of ethnographic interviews with US military service members and Iraqi civilians, as well as on direct observations of wartime Iraq, the book reveals how these populations learned to extract valuable information from the ambient soundscape while struggling with the deleterious effects that it produced in their ears, throughout their bodies, and in their psyches. The book examines the dual-edged nature of sound—its potency as a source of information and a source of trauma—within a sophisticated conc ... More

Keywords: Iraq, US military, Operation Iraqi Freedom, sound studies, listening, violence, war, ethnomusicology, belliphonic, trauma, PTSD

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199361496
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199361496.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Martin Daughtry, author
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, New York University, New York