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Surrounded by sound: noise, rights and environments

South, NG and García Ruiz, A (2018) 'Surrounded by sound: noise, rights and environments.' Crime, Media, Culture. ISSN 1741-6590

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Abstract

Noise was probably the first environmental pollutant (apart from human waste) in the Ancient world. Yet today, by comparison with other environmental matters, noise and protection from its effects are often overlooked, except in specialist fields such as architecture or planning. One major reason for this may be that noise does not possess the same ability to spread that is characteristic of other forms of pollution. Noise is also an unusual form of environmental pollution in having a physical impact – it is ‘heard’ and can be ‘felt’ – but is predominantly interpreted subjectively. The impact and consequences of anthropogenic noise for humans and biodiversity in general, are currently under-investigated in criminology and are under-addressed in both public and private international environmental law. Here we question why noise has not (so far) been explored within green criminology and only tentatively explored within cultural criminology. The objectives are to provide an overview of noise as a topic, connecting media, culture, anti- and pro-social behaviour, and to unearth interconnections between the matter of noise and its implications for the environment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Noise, Environmental Law, Green-Cultural Criminology, Aesthetic Criminology, Sensory Criminology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2018 13:56
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2018 16:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20864

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