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Ubiquitous Listening: "Affect, Attention, and Distributed Subjectivity"

Anahid Kassabian


In this book, the author argues that the ubiquity of music in contemporary life has led to a different kind of listening, in which a range of listenings, across ranges of attention and affect, lead to the development of fields of distributed subjectivity. These fields are not limited to humans, but include what might once have been thought of as “objects” of study. The dynamic subjectivity posited here insists on fluidity and motion, on the shared nature of the subjectivity of music and scholar or listener, and on what once was considered stable features of subjects, that is, identities. Moreo ... More

Keywords: ubiquitous music, listening, affect, attention, the senses, subjectivity, distributed subjectivity, background music, elevator music, Armenian diasporan culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520275157
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520275157.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anahid Kassabian, author
University of Liverpool