More-Than-Representational Geographies of Sound and Music
Edited by Karolina Doughty, Michelle Duffy and Theresa Harada
Chapter 4: Affective relations of bodies and sound: the constitution of the ‘Ben Gurion International Airport 2000’ planning project
This chapter gives attention to the affective relations between bodies and sound in the ‘Ben Gurion International Airport 2000’ planning project. It demonstrates how forms of affectivity evoked through aircraft ‘noise’ can shape planning processes and outcomes on the ground. To do so, it draws on qualitative methodologies, adjusting the tool of the in-depth interview by situating it in locations which are deliberately exposed to aircraft sounds in order to study affective atmospheres. The chapter engages the concepts ‘affect’ and ‘affective atmosphere’ from the discipline of human geography and brings them into conversation with queries of urban studies regarding contemporary planning processes and the ways to address them. It contributes to the burgeoning scholarship that studies the non-representational by providing empirical accounts of affective relations as influencing a planning process on the ground. While there are many ways to engage with planning processes, the chapter concludes that affective relations are another – essential – way of doing so.
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