Hearing Southeast Asia: Sounds of Hierarchy and Power in Context is a 12-chapter collection edited by Nathan Porath that explores the relationship between sound and power in Southeast Asia. The book’s lengthy introduction, comprising 86 of the volume’s 352 pages, is followed by 11 additional chapters, seven of which focus on the Malay world (and three of these on Indonesia). The book also includes two chapters devoted to Myanmar, one to the Philippines, and another to Thailand. Methodologically, a majority of the work in this volume is ethnographic, although much of the opening chapter and Martin Platt’s chapter on Thailand involve detailed linguistic analyses. The volume has much to offer and will be of interest to scholars in the growing field of socio-culturally focused sound studies and related fields, as well as anyone interested in hierarchy and power in...
Review: Hearing Southeast Asia: Sounds of Hierarchy and Power in Context, edited by Nathan Porath
Lisa Brooten (“Review, Hearing Southeast Asia”)is an associate professor in the Department of Radio, Television and Digital Media at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her research and publications have focused on human rights and media, media reform and democratization, media in democratic transitions, social movement media, and community and indigenous media. Her regional expertise is in Southeast Asia, where she has lived and conducted fieldwork for many years, including a Fulbright Research Fellowship. She has been a member of the Fulbright Specialist Roster for Myanmar, Thailand, and the Philippines and a consultant for the Freedom House Freedom of the Press Report, PEN American Center, and Radio Free Asia Burmese Service. She is editor of Myanmar Media in Transition: Legacies, Challenges and Change (ISEAS, 2019).
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Lisa Brooten; Review: Hearing Southeast Asia: Sounds of Hierarchy and Power in Context, edited by Nathan Porath. Resonance 27 July 2020; 1 (2): 214–219. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/res.2020.1.2.214
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