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Now in its second edition, Sound and Sentiment is an ethnographic study of sound as a cultural system--that is, a system of symbols--among the Kaluli people of Papua New Guinea. It shows how an analysis of modes and codes of sound communication leads to an understanding of life in Kaluli society. By studying the form and performance of weeping, poetics, and song in relatio Now in its second edition, Sound and Sentiment is an ethnographic study of sound as a cultural system--that is, a system of symbols--among the Kaluli people of Papua New Guinea. It shows how an analysis of modes and codes of sound communication leads to an understanding of life in Kaluli society. By studying the form and performance of weeping, poetics, and song in relation to the Kaluli natural and spiritual world, Steven Feld reveals Kaluli sound expressions as embodiments of deeply felt sentiments. For this second edition the author has updated his original work with a new, innovative chapter that includes an interpretive review by its subjects, the Kaluli people themselves. He has also written a new preface and discography and revised the references section.


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Now in its second edition, Sound and Sentiment is an ethnographic study of sound as a cultural system--that is, a system of symbols--among the Kaluli people of Papua New Guinea. It shows how an analysis of modes and codes of sound communication leads to an understanding of life in Kaluli society. By studying the form and performance of weeping, poetics, and song in relatio Now in its second edition, Sound and Sentiment is an ethnographic study of sound as a cultural system--that is, a system of symbols--among the Kaluli people of Papua New Guinea. It shows how an analysis of modes and codes of sound communication leads to an understanding of life in Kaluli society. By studying the form and performance of weeping, poetics, and song in relation to the Kaluli natural and spiritual world, Steven Feld reveals Kaluli sound expressions as embodiments of deeply felt sentiments. For this second edition the author has updated his original work with a new, innovative chapter that includes an interpretive review by its subjects, the Kaluli people themselves. He has also written a new preface and discography and revised the references section.

30 review for Sound and Sentiment: Birds, Weeping, Poetics, and Song in Kaluli Expression

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I read this in 1999, when I was doing an independent study class on world music as an undergrad. It focuses on the Kaluli people and the idea of birdsong and water flow forming the background concepts of their musical themes and life. Pretty much an ethnomusicology classic.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Trenchologist

    Dense and very specific, but that's to be expected. This book came to me by way of a music major friend who thought I'd enjoy it (I love birds & play piano so understand music theory enough I wasn't lost during the technical stuff), and I did. Music/syntax/symbolism in bird songs and water(falling-movement quality). Not a casual read; it took concentration and I reread some parts. But I liked what I got out of it in the end, and Feld's approach to subject v-v culture then -ism avoidance in expli Dense and very specific, but that's to be expected. This book came to me by way of a music major friend who thought I'd enjoy it (I love birds & play piano so understand music theory enough I wasn't lost during the technical stuff), and I did. Music/syntax/symbolism in bird songs and water(falling-movement quality). Not a casual read; it took concentration and I reread some parts. But I liked what I got out of it in the end, and Feld's approach to subject v-v culture then -ism avoidance in explicating both.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    If I had stuck with anthropology and ethnomusicology, this is the kind of book I would have wanted to write.

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