There has been growing attention to the importance of sound for constituting identity and understandings of place. Non-Representation Theory and more-than-representational approaches have suggested that intangible, affective bodily experiences provide insights into how people orientate and situate themselves within different environments. This is important in considerations of how a sense of belonging (or not) is fostered and has implications for how we might address the challenge to respond to global climate change imperatives. While non-representational approaches acknowledge a range of methodological challenges for capturing the unsayable, unplanned and embodied responses to sound, music and a range of environmental ambiances, there is little practical guidance as to how these might be overcome. In this chapter I reflect on how the affective and embodied responses to sound might be usefully applied in a research setting.
Karolina Doughty, Michelle Duffy and Theresa Harada
This collection brings together the work of scholars from around the world who contribute to the ongoing efforts across the field of sound studies and auditory culture to theorize the more-than-representational role of sound and music in assembling various forms of social life: in the forming of communities and places of belonging, in habitual bodily practices, in movements and rhythms, in the performance of culture and identity in places, and in the emotions, affects and sensory experiences that weave the sonic into mechanisms of sociality in general. The chapters are organized into four interrelated themes, which explore: (i) how our connections to place, community, history, and identity can be brought into being, challenged, or re-appropriated through sound; (ii) the different ways that bodies, movements and environments are intertwined through sound, and the role of sound for the creation of inclusive environments; (iii) the affective politics of sound; and (iv) approaches to utilize sound to enrich methodological practice.