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Alejandra Bronfman, “Isles of Noise: Sonic Media in the Caribbean” (UNC Press, 2016) (2020)


The Caribbean has figuratively and literally been entangled in processes of global integration earlier than other parts of the Americas. In Isles of Noise: Sonic Media in the Caribbean (UNC Press, 2016), Alejandra Bronfman offers a refreshing perspective to this well-trodden story. In this book, she traces the emergence and growth of telecommunications technologies in Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba during the first half of the twentieth century. Bronfman examines the ways these new communication technologies often undermined rather than served as tools of domination for imperial forces—American or British. Most importantly, this book has us reconsider the role of sound and, specifically, radio broadcasting as central to political mobilization in ridding the region from empire. Alejandra Bronfman is Chair and Associate Professor, Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies, University of Albany.

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Authors & Contributors
Bijsterveld, Karin
Hagood, Mack
Hochman, Gilberto
Armus, Diego C.
Daniel, Ute
Gitelman, Lisa L.
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Technology and Culture
History of the Human Sciences
MIT Press
Editora Fiocruz
Grove Press
Oxford University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Transaction Publishers
Technology and society
Methods of communication; media
Mass media
Noise and noise abatement
Communication technology
Nuñez Butrón, Manuel
Kamin, Leon
Burt, Cyril Lodowic
United States
Haiti (Caribbean)
Latin America
20th century
19th century
21st century
Rockefeller Foundation

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