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Publicatie in het Amsterdams Sociologisch tijdschrift, december 1998
A Sociological View of Sound Pollution. Analyzes the results of exploratory research on the sociocultural and psychological context of the experience of noise. Sound pollution is interpreted as an acoustical intrusion on personal space and privacy. For many, the private home coincides with personal space, so sound can cause a feeling of crowding. Described are the experience of vulnerability and powerlessness associated with sound pollution, the characteristics of noise and sounds, and the properties of the human auditory organs. It is shown that the distinction between acoustical and nonacoustical factors does not contribute to a better understanding of the complex process that leads to the experience of sound pollution. 18 References. Adapted from the source document.