The Art of Listening

By Les Back (author) | Format: Paperback / softback | Rating:

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Our culture is one that speaks rather than listens. From reality Tv to political rallies, there is a clamour to be heard, to narrate, and to receive attention. It reduces 'reality' to revelation and voyeurism.

The Art of Listening argues that this way of life is having severe and damaging consequences in a world that is increasingly globalized and interconnected. It addresses the question: how can we listen more carefully? Social and cultural theory is combined with real stories from the experiences of the desperate stowaways who hide in the undercarriages of jet planes in order to seek asylum, to the young working-class people who use tattooing to commemorate a lost love.

The Art of Listening shows how sociology is in a unique position to record 'life passed in living' and to listen to complex experiences with humility and ethical care, providing a resource to understand the contemporary world while pointing to the possibility of a different kind of future.

'This is a wise and human piece of writing, concerned to break out of sociology's academic straitjacket and speak to a wider audience. . .If anything can recover the somewhat tarnished reputation of sociology amongst the general public, then it is a book like this.' New Humanist

'The Art of Listening is a rare book in its commitment to vitalize an ethical, global sociology for the twenty-first century. Students are encouraging their parents to read it. Everyone needs this book -

Reviews

This is a wise and humane piece of writing, concerned to break out of sociology's academic straitjacket and speak to a wide audience.
Stuart Sim, New Humanist

The Art of Listening is a rare book in its commitment to vitalize an ethical, global sociology for the twenty-first century. Students are encouraging their parents to read it. Everyone needs this book -- especially jaded academics.
Sanjay Sharma, British Journal of Sociology

A sparkling, thought-provoking book that challenges many of our assumptions as researchers and students
David Bissell, University of Brighton

Back has shown us how to produce an applied sociology to examine the everyday and see how it is actually constructed.
Andy T. Hanson, Lancaster University

His book provides clear examples of his principles that should be interesting and useful to those of us who work in communities.
Michele Sexton, Community Development

Author Biography

Les Back is Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is a co-editor of The Auditory Culture Reader.

Contents

Speaking of Remarkable Things * Lines of Hate, Colours of Memory * Falling From the Sky * Concrete Screens and the Urban Uncanny * Listening with our Eyes * Inscriptions of Love * Curiosity at its Limit * Conclusion: Shelf Life * Postscript: Dancing and Wrestling with Scholarship

Product Specifications

Format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Berg Publishers
Pages
222
Language
English
Date Published
1 July 2007
Publication Place
England
Imprint
Berg Publishers
Size
233 x 155 x 12
ISBN
9781845201210
Contributors

Les Back (author)

Subject(s)

Social theory

Cultural studies

Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography

Communication studies

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October 23 - October 26 Royal Mail: 2nd Class Parcels +£0.00 (included in displayed price)

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