The Resource Acoustic jurisprudence : listening to the trial of Simon Bikindi, James E.K. Parker

Acoustic jurisprudence : listening to the trial of Simon Bikindi, James E.K. Parker

Label
Acoustic jurisprudence : listening to the trial of Simon Bikindi
Title
Acoustic jurisprudence
Title remainder
listening to the trial of Simon Bikindi
Statement of responsibility
James E.K. Parker
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Between September 2006 and December 2008, Simon Bikindi stood trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, accused of inciting genocide with his songs. In the early 1990s, Bikindi had been one of Rwanda's most well-known and popular figures - the country's minister for culture and its most famous and respected singer. But by the end of 1994, his songs had quite literally soundtracked a genocide. Acoustic Jurisprudence is the first detailed study of the trial that followed. It is also the first work of contemporary legal scholarship to address the many relations between law and sound, which are of much broader importance but which this trial very conspicuously raises. One half of the book addresses the Tribunal's 'sonic imagination'. How did the Tribunal conceive of Bikindi's songs for the purposes of judgment? How did it understand the role of radio and other media in their transmission? And with what consequences for Bikindi? The other half of the book is addressed to how such concerns played out in court. Bikindi's was a 'musical trial', as one judge pithily observed. Audio and audio-visual recordings of his songs were played regularly throughout. Witnesses, including Bikindi himself, frequently sang, both of their own accord and at the request of the Tribunal. Indeed, Bikindi even sang his final statement. All the while, judges, barristers, and witnesses alike spoke into microphones and listened through headphones. As a result, the Bikindi case offers an ideal opportunity to explore what this book calls the 'judicial soundscape'. Through the lens of the Bikindi trial, the book's most important innovation is to open up the field of sound to jurisprudential inquiry. Ultimately, it is an argument for a specifically acoustic jurisprudence. --taken from Amazon.com
Cataloging source
YDXCP
Dewey number
341.48
Index
index present
LC call number
  • KZ1201.B55
  • ML3917.R29
LC item number
P27 2015eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Acoustic jurisprudence : listening to the trial of Simon Bikindi, James E.K. Parker
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-241) and index
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  • none
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- 1. Listening to law -- 2. Listening to the trial of Simon Bikindi -- 3. The musicology of judgment -- 4. A musical trial
Control code
ocn921182687
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 251 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780191054655
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b37494454
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)921182687
  • oso0191054658

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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