Sound technologies carry political agency and their related sound practices perform political agency too. Ever since sound studies first became a major research area in the early 2000s, this insight has motivated a growing body of research, much of which incorporates new theoretical and methodological approaches. Most recently, Jennifer Stoever's The Sonic Color Line (2016), Marie Thompson's Beyond Unwanted Sound (2017), and Spotify Teardown by Maria Eriksson et al. (2019) provide critical analyses of racialized sound, of the politics involved in sound cultures and regimes of articulation and silencing, and of the datafication of sound and listening. And while the details of some of its claims have been heavily contested again...

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