“Engaging an impressive range of methodologies, Modernity’s Ear offers an astute look into the world music culture industry through the lens of ethnographic entrapment and phonographic subjectivity. With sharp insight, Kheshti explores the nexus between bodies and sounds at the intersection of racial and gender identities to make a crucial point about phonographic listening as an important venue for performative and philosophical reflection.”
—Alexander Weheliye, author of Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity
“Rich in ethnographic fieldwork, Modernity’s Ear is a thunderous unsettling of the gendered and racialized assumptions we make about sound and listening. Innovatively pushing the limits of queer studies and critical race studies, Kheshti stretches the listening ear and retunes theoretical approaches to consider not only the way race sounds but how it is configured as sensually ‘other.’ A field-changing book for queer studies and sound studies alike.”
—Deborah R. Vargas, author of Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda
“In this tightly structured book, Kheshti offers not only an aesthetic and stylistic history of world music but also an analysis of race and gender in the ‘world music culture industry.’”
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