Thinking with an Accent: Toward a New Object, Method, and Practice

Pooja Rangan, Akshya Saxena, Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, Pavitra Sundar

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Thinking with an Accent casts accent as a powerfully coded yet underexplored mode of perception shaping our global cultural economy. Theorizing accent as a mediatized object, an interdisciplinary method, and an embodied practice, this volume invites readers to think with an accent to practice a dialogical, multisensorial inquiry that can yield transformative modalities of knowledge, action, and care. There is no such thing as a voice without an accent, yet theories of voice still treat accents as the exception. Thinking with an Accent teaches us how to begin from accented voices and provides a panoply of tools for imagining, working with, building on, analyzing, and desiring accents. JONATHAN STERNE, author of Diminished Faculties: A Political Phenomenology of Impairment This creative and ambitious collection encourages us to reconsider our own accented lives and how they structure our social, digital, and literary worlds. An essential book. DOLORES IN'S CASILLAS, author of Sounds of Belonging: U.S. Spanish-Language Radio and Public Advocacy This book teaches us that the accent must be understood not as an ontological reality but as a co-constituted happening. The result is that accent becomes something to think with, not just to study. Straightforward, well argued, and a pleasure to read.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Number of pages312
ISBN (Electronic)9780520389748
ISBN (Print)9780520389731
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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