2014 研究助成 Research Grant Program  /  A 共同研究助成  
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市民的価値として聞く沖縄の環境音 ―健全なコミュニティの形成と世代間の関係構築に資する自然資源・歴史的資源として環境音を捉えるための共同プロジェクト
Listening as a Civil Value in Okinawa: A Collaborative Project for Presenting Environmental Sounds as a Natural and Historical Resource for Community Health and Inter-generational Relations in Okinawa
Rupert Cox
School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester
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企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


  The relationship between environmental sounds and civil values in Okinawa is mostly conceived of in terms of resistance, being about the capacity of communities to endure and contest the effects on health and habitus of the noise of aircraft from US military bases. The issue of noise as it is measured, mapped out and then contested in legal cases reflects a certain evaluation of Okinawan identities - in neighborhoods and between generations - and also perceptions of the environment and of the past. We wish to address the issue of environmental sound in a new and positive way by building on our prior interdisciplinary and collaborative work and our respective expertise on sound through acoustics, anthropology and landscape art. We intend to provide means for listening to sound as a natural and native historical resource that is productive of civil values in Okinawa; preserving a disappearing indigenous past and providing a collective, youthful vision of the future. We will do this through a methodology of recording and presenting sounds via three representative sites: (Ino) lagoon, (Yanbaru) forest and (hatake) field. This will result in a public resource that links generations with symbolically and ecologically important features of the environment.

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