Discordant Democracy!

On January 4, 2019, I received the first copies of my book. It was a surreal experience. The title seems apropos for the times we are living in, as the government shutdown has officially become the longest ever and neither side is listening to existential problems in the US and globally. North Carolina’s 9th congressional district race remains unresolved. The “shining city on the hill” is not making a stellar case for democracy.

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Author: jupatch

Justin Patch is assistant professor of music at Vassar College, where he is also affiliated with Asian Studies, Media Studies, and American Studies. His work investigates the role of sound in social life and has appeared in Soundings, Journal of Sonic Studies, Ethnomusicology Review, The European Legacy, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and others. Discordant Democracy: Noise, Affect, and Populism in the Presidential Campaign was published by Routledge in 2018.