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Justice and the Arts Research Group Seminar: Dr Samuel Llano [Durham University] 'Sounding Marginality and Social Disorder: The Battle for Madrid's Soundscape, 1850-1930'
At the time of Madrid’s greatest expansion (1850-1930), the social inequalities generated by a rapid but uneven process of economic and cultural modernisation manifested in the form of a battle for the urban soundscape. The city’s sounds and its musical practices became an arena where competing lifestyles and class interests vied with each other, and where those who struggled for survival and protection made themselves heard. Thus, Madrid’s soundscape helped to negotiate a series of issues that were central to the process of modernisation in this city, such as the administration of social aid, the tackling of crime and the improvement of hygiene.
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