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Silence of Mauá: an atmospheric ethnography of urban sounds

Abstract : In 2015 a group of Brazilian and French researchers carried out a field investigation at the Condominío Barão de Mauá. The condominium is located in the town of Mauá, some 30 kilometres from São Paulo, Brazil. This complex stands on land contaminated by industrial waste buried there. Our proposal for an atmospheric ethnography consists in coming as close as possible to lived situations in order to gain access to the discreet expressions of resident sensibility, to the pervasive sensations of the ambient environment, the everyday background to the perceptions and practices of residents. In so doing we aim to capture and describe what relates to sensory perceptions, material traces and social memory, everyday gestures, ordinary words, and ways of being together. This exploratory approach seeks to study the embodied, situated, enacted and shared nature of the sensory relation which residents entertain with their home.
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Jean-Paul Thibaud. Silence of Mauá: an atmospheric ethnography of urban sounds. Bull, Michael; Cobussen, Marcel. Handbook of Sonic Methodologies, Bloomsbury, In press. ⟨halshs-02181937⟩



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