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Listening to WarSound, Music, Trauma, and Survival in Wartime Iraq$
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J. Martin Daughtry

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199361496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199361496.001.0001

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Mapping Zones of Wartime (In)audition

Mapping Zones of Wartime (In)audition

(p.76) 2 Mapping Zones of Wartime (In)audition
Listening to War

J. Martin Daughtry

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the importance of location and proximity in mapping the sounds of war. In examining the importance of location to the perceived salience and character of weapon sounds, the chapter lays out a schema of four separate zones of audition in wartime Iraq, and offers a description of how these zones are configured by service members’ experiences. Iraqi civilian listening practices involve a slight reconfiguration of these zones, which is described at the end of the chapter. Audition and inaudition (the quasi-conscious failure to register audible sounds) are equally performative. They are also, equally, learned capacities that are constantly being honed. When their object is violence, they are activities of great consequence; both have an impact on the tactical, ethical, political, and aesthetic fields of possibility within which (in)auditors are enmeshed.

Keywords:   warzone, audition, location, trauma, hearing loss, agency, sound studies, violence, hermeneutics, ethics, Operation Iraqi Freedom

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