Sound and Sentiment

Birds, Weeping, Poetics, and Song in Kaluli Expression, 3rd edition with a new introduction by the author

Book Pages: 344 Illustrations: 27 illustrations (incl. 2 in color), 5 tables, 1 map Published: October 2012

Author: Steven Feld

Anthropology > Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Music > Ethnomusicology

This thirtieth anniversary edition of Sound and Sentiment makes Steven Feld's landmark, field-defining book available to a new generation of scholars and students. A sensory ethnography set in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, among the Kaluli people of Bosavi, Sound and Sentiment introduced the anthropology of sound, or the cultural study of sound. After it was first published in 1982, a second edition, incorporating additional field research and a new postscript, was released in 1990. The third edition includes all of the material from the first two editions, along with a substantial new introduction in which Feld discusses Bosavi's recent history and reflects on the challenges it poses for contemporary theory and representation.


"This anniversary edition of Sound and Sentiment includes a profound new introduction by Feld. . . . Sound and Sentiment was the seminal book on which the contemporary sound anthropology was founded in the 1970s."  — Meri Kytö, Popular Music

"Sound and Sentiment is one of the greatest ethnographies ever written. Few books create new fields of inquiry; this work inaugurated the anthropology of the senses and played a crucial role in creating the anthropology of affect." — Charles L. Briggs, author of Stories in the Time of Cholera: Racial Profiling during a Medical Nightmare

"One of the first books to successfully integrate ethnographic, musical, and linguistic analysis, Sound and Sentiment remains a model for such integration. In addition, it undergirds acoustemology, or the anthropology of sound, a scholarly tack that is accelerating, with no ritardando in sight." — Bonnie C. Wade, author of Thinking Musically: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture

"Written on the cusp of a shift in anthropology away from the influences of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Clifford Geertz, and Victor Turner, Sound and Sentiment does double duty in the classroom: it represents crucial changes in the discipline of the early 1980s, while continuing to animate debates about sound, listening, and aesthetics across cultural and linguistic anthropology, ethnomusicology, performance studies, media studies, history, and folklore." — Louise Meintjes, author of Sound of Africa! Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio


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Steven Feld is a musician, filmmaker, and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Music at the University of New Mexico. His books include Jazz Cosmopolitanism in Accra: Five Musical Years in Ghana, also published by Duke University Press. He is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction to the Third Edition xiii

Introduction to the Second Edition xxxix

Introduction to the First Edition 3

1. The Boy Who Became a Muni Bird 20

2. To You They Are Birds, to Me They Are Voices in the Forest 44

3. Weeping That Moves Women to Song 86

4. The Poetics of Loss and Abandonment 130

5. Song That Moves Men to Tears 163

6. In the Form of a Bird: Kaluli Aesthetics 217

Postscript, 1989 239

Appendix: Kaluli Folk Ornithology 269

Glossary of Kaluli Terms 279

References 284

Discography 292

Index 293

Additional Resources 299
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-5365-2
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