Listening and/as Technology in British Gibraltar, 1940-2013
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This dissertation investigates the somatic politics of postcolonial masculinity and mass media in British Gibraltar. Drawing on 14 months of ethnographic and archival research over the course of 5 years in Gibraltar and London, I trace the interconnections between the ways of listening promoted by colonial administrators and scientists in Gibraltar during the post-World War II democratization of mass media and the contemporary listening practices of Gibraltarian men as they engage with, think about, and decry the use of emerging media technologies among women and children. Using a practice theoretical framework developed out of women's studies, anthropology, and science and technology studies, I move beyond "reading" the sounds that represent intersecting gender, race, and class stereotypes; instead, I examine how Gibraltarian men's media listening practices are both product and productive of a complex calculus of colonial masculine domination that legitimates British colonial violence - symbolic and physical - in Gibraltar today. In this way, listening to media technologies is transformed into a political technology for the maintenance and operationalization of colonialism in Gibraltar.