Modernity, Cultural Anesthesia, and Sensory Agency: Technologies of the Listening Self in a US Collegiate Jazz Music Program

Eitan Wilf*

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: In this article, I rely on Michel Foucault's notion of ‘technologies of the self’ to theorize the micro-practices by which individuals actively negotiate the reconfiguration of their sensory skills as a result of modernization processes. In doing so, I draw on ethnographic fieldwork I conducted in a collegiate jazz music program in the USA. By exploring a number of interactional games in which jazz students attempt to negotiate the challenge of cultivating aural skills in a pedagogical context that embraces visually mediated modes of knowledge production and transmission as a result of the professionalization and rationalization of jazz training, I inquire into the conditions of possibility for sensory agency under modernity.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalEthnos
Volume80
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

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Keywords

  • Sensory agency
  • USA
  • improvisation
  • modernization
  • technologies of the self

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