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Sociology Ruins Silence
Sociology Ruins Silence

Sociology Ruins Silence

Not many people realize institutions and society regulate silence. The noise in our lives, both external and internal, is actually controlled by laws and norms, and that noise affects our physical and mental health. So what role do the social sciences play in this phenomenon? I’m joined by Leigh Marz and Justin Talbot-Zorn to talk about silence as a human right.

Show Notes

Chepesiuk, Ron. 2005. “Decibel Hell: The Effects of Living in a Noisy World.” Environmental Health Perspectives 113(1):A34–41. doi: 10.1289/ehp.113-a34.

Dillon, Liam, and Ben Poston. 2021. “Freeways Force out Residents in Communities of Color — Again.” Los Angeles Times.

‎Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast. 2021. “How Freeways Bulldoze California Communities of Color on Apple Podcasts.” Apple Podcasts. (

Hermes, Will. 2000. “The Story Of ‘4’33”.’ NPR, May 8.

Zorn, Justin, and Leigh Marz. 2022. Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise. New York, NY: Harper Wave, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.