Sounding Places
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Sounding Places

More-Than-Representational Geographies of Sound and Music

Edited by Karolina Doughty, Michelle Duffy and Theresa Harada

This edited collection examines the more-than-representational registers of sound. It asks how sound comes to be a meaningful ingredient in the microgeographies of place-making through the workings of affect, emotion, and atmosphere, how sound contributes to shaping a variety of embodied and spatially situated experiences, and how such aspects can be harnessed methodologically. These topics contribute to broader debates on the relations between representation and the non- or more-than-representational that are taking place across the social sciences and humanities in the wake of the cultural turn. More specifically, the book contributes to the fertile theoretical intersections of sound, affect, emotion, and atmosphere.
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Chapter 3: Exploring inclusive therapeutic soundscapes

Alexandra Kaley, Chris Hatton and Christine Milligan

Abstract

Whilst the majority of research in the field of acoustics has sought to explore the detrimental effects of noisy environments on people’s health, the geographic literature on sound has begun to take a more holistic approach by considering how environmental sounds affect people in different ways. Reflecting on findings from visual ethnographic research, this chapter explores the soundscape experiences of people with intellectual disabilities engaged in community farming projects for health and wellbeing. We argue that these experiences could be alluring or repelling, therapeutic or harmful depending on the meanings that people attached to them. We compare the soundscapes of the farm environment with other spaces and places that participants inhabit and argue that genuinely inclusive environments may be those that seek to facilitate (rather than repress or judge) the various auditory needs and abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. This reveals how different soundscapes are shaped by relations of power, and influence judgements of sonic intrusion or harmony.

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